Why Do People Ghost In A Relationship? Here’s What Experts Say
Most of these don’t warrant a second chance.
According to a 2018 study from Journal of Social and Personal Relationships , out of 1,300 people surveyed, a quarter of them had been ghosted by a partner. And a fifth reported ghosting someone themselves.
While the term ghosting sounds like a harmless prank you play on Halloween, the act itself can be super hurtful. “You've established communication, you've established rapport, regular lines of contact, and all of a sudden that person just leaves and you have no way to contact them,” explains Natalie Jones, PsyD . “Basically that person holds all the cards in terms of line of communication,” she adds. And that can leave you feeling disregarded, undervalued and just plain crappy.
So why do people ghost? After all, how complicated can it be to text, “I think you’re a great person, but TBH, I don’t think we’re compatible because [insert truthful or bullsh*t reason here]?" That’s all you have to do to end things without completely disappearing. And yet, so many people will choose to leave you hanging instead.
According to Jones, someone’s reason for ghosting you likely has little do with you at all. Instead, she explains that it's often a sign of their own emotional immaturity, attachment issues, and more. Read on to see why your last S.O. might have pulled a disappearing act.
1. They're with someone else.
It's a hard pill to swallow, but the person who ghosted you might have been seeing other people at the same time they were seeing you. And when things started getting serious—they sensed that you wanted commitment or there was a reoccurring fight about meeting each other's friends—they fell back and moved onto the next person, Jones explains. Harsh, but also unfortunately true.
2. They're emotionally immature.
A.k.a. they're a bad communicator. "This person definitely made promises that they couldn't keep," Jones explains. Maybe they said they'd love to go on a trip with you and then flaked. Being emotionally immature is all about these inconsistencies between what they say and what they do, the expert adds. It's this inconsistency that usually takes charge when they're ghosting you after they already said they were ready to settle down. *shakes head*
3. They're not interested in committing to you .
Sometimes, it takes a date or two or a few to get a read on somebody, and when a guy or girl decides early-ish on that they're just not that into you, they might disappear. His line of thinking might be that he doesn’t owe you an explanation since you hadn’t been messing with each other’s feelings for long enough to really warrant one. Or it could be that she doesn't think she can give you what you're looking for in particular (read: a long-term relationship.). "It's the role that they're afraid of. They're feeling like they can't live up to the expectation of fulfilling that relationship with you," Jones says. And in that case, you don't want them anyway.
4. They're going through something personal.
This one is an occasionally justifiable reason for ghosting someone (IMO!)—and one that I think you can bounce back from. Let's say you just started talking to someone and their close friend dies, and they don't know how to unload all of this on someone new. That situation could warrant a second chance .
There just needs to be, "solid proof that they've done the work, or that they put in the time to actually change and work through whatever the issue was," Jones says. And you (the person who was ghosted!) would need to actually forgive them. Otherwise, you'll end up getting back together, and every time you're in a fight, the ghosting will come up again. And nobody will like that.
5. They're dealing with anxiety.
Generalized anxiety often stems from fears, including abandonment or not being perfect, which can easily trickle down into one's relationship. And so because the person is anxious in love, it can be very difficult for them to settle into or get comfortable in a relationship, Jones says. They may actually do things to self sabotage (think: ghosting).
6. There's a safety concern in the relationship.
Let's face it: Sometimes someone might ghost because they feel they have no other option. (Btw, it's not just women who feel unsafe in relationships: 49 percent of men have experienced at least one psychologically aggressive behavior by an intimate partner and four out of 10 men have experienced at least one form of coercive control by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. ) "Sometimes the only way to walk away from a toxic relationship is to just disappear," Jones says.
7. They don't want to get too attached.
Maybe the person you're seeing moved around a lot as a kid or grew up in a chaotic family environment where people were always moving in and out of their life. Jones often sees these early adolescent experiences play out in current relationships. "They learned very early on that people, places, and things weren't stable," Jones explains. And as a safety mechanism, they try not to get too emotionally attached to any one person, place, or thing (see, not your fault!).
8. They got what they wanted from you.
This is, I fear, very common. "People use people," Jones says. That could mean financially, sexually or in the workplace. Once they feel like they've accomplished what they wanted to accomplish, they'll disappear. And the truth is: "They weren't really ever interested in a relationship with you. You were kind of approached under the guise that they were," Jones explains.
The bottom line: If someone ghosts you, there could be a good reason for it. But it might also be a sign they're not ready for a relationship, in which case, you shouldn't waste your time on them either.
Alexis Jones is an assistant editor at Women's Health where she writes across several verticals on WomensHealthmag.com , including life, health, sex and love, relationships and fitness, while also contributing to the print magazine. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University, lives in Brooklyn, and proudly detests avocados.
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A group of military and press personnel attend the unveiling of a new weapons system at LexCorp . As Luthor prepares for his appearance, he reminds Mercy how vitally important the event is, and she assures him that everything is as prepared.
When he takes the podium, Luthor shocks everyone by casually announcing that two missiles are being fired towards them. He quiets the uproar and unveils his newest weapon: the Sky Sentry , an electromagnetic "cannon" guaranteed to disrupt the guidance system of any incoming missile. As the missiles speed towards the tower, Luthor gives the signal to activate. To his shock, the weapon malfunctions, and Clark is forced to disappear, become Superman, and fly out from the tower to deflect the missiles.
Stone-faced, Luthor orders the Sky Sentry stored in the tower's research lab, and walks out without another word, while Mercy defends him from the clamoring journalists. Once in his private elevator, Luthor collapses with fury and agitation. Mercy tries to soothe him, assuring him that they will find out what happened, but he overrules her, saying he will investigate the failure personally.
As they drive back to the Planet , Clark shares his theory with Lois that what happened was sabotage, not simple equipment failure as Luthor is much too careful to mess up that badly. Lois, for her part, finds it hard to believe that, though Luthor's enemies are legion, one of them would be crazy enough to antagonize him.
Later that night, Luthor is working alone in his office, when he gets a strange phone call, telling him the incident was indeed sabotage, and his answers can be found in Sector Six of the building. Luthor orders the computer to trace the call, but it does not respond to his command. He goes to the lab alone, and is captured by a large robotic claw, which carries him to a computer screen with an image of Brainiac on it.
Brainiac explains that he downloaded himself into Luthor's computers, allowing him to survive the destruction of his body and his ship. He has built the shell of a new body using small robotic drones from the lab, but to complete the finer work, he needs a pair of human hands, with Luthor's brilliant mind behind them. Luthor refuses, but realizes he is trapped in the lab. He angrily says that it won't be long before someone notices he's missing, but then watches as Brainiac generates a holographic double of him, that tells Mercy he's still on his investigation and is not to be disturbed until further notice. Mercy complies without question.
An exhausted Luthor forced to work for Brainiac .
With no choice, Luthor works on Brainiac's new body for several hours, even days, and his health starts to fail. As he starts to droop in exhaustion, Brainiac threatens him, and Luthor insists that he needs food and rest. Brainiac refuses to let him rest, but one of his drones breaks the window of a vending machine, allowing Luthor to ravenously eat the candy bars inside. Luthor sees his bedraggled reflection in one of the shiny candy bar wrappers and is ashamed by his appearance.
Outside Luthor's office, Clark insists on seeing Luthor, but his secretary refuses. Using his x-ray vision, he looks through the doors and sees Luthor is gone. He works out a way to reveal this to Mercy: he pretends to leave, saying that the Planet will be running a story about sabotage at LexCorp, discrediting Luthor in the eyes of his military customers. Mercy asks him to wait and contacts Lex directly, but Brainiac's simulacrum still refuses to see him. Pretending to insist, Clark forces his way into Luthor's office and appears surprised when Luthor is nowhere to be seen. Mercy is genuinely surprised. Ordering Clark to leave, she begins to investigate Luthor's whereabouts. Monitoring this from the lab, Luthor comments that Brainiac is close to being found out, but he retorts that the problems of Clark and Mercy will be "easily eliminated."
That night, Brainiac fires a missile through the window of Clark's apartment. Fortunately, Clark is able to stop the missile, and then fly it out to sea before it the timer reaches zero. The missile explodes over a series of overpasses and Superman is forced to catch the falling sections of road just before they hit a train.
Meanwhile, Mercy checks out some security tapes and learns of Luthor's location, only to be attacked by several robots. Fighting back, she manages to destroy some of them, but she is soon confronted by several more. Fortunately, Superman shows up and between the two of them they manage to destroy all of her attackers. Superman explains that he followed the missile's vapor trial to the building and demands to know where Luthor is. Mercy shows him the tape and insists that she go with Superman to save Luthor. When Superman asks why she's so loyal to him, she explains that she used to be homeless, but Luthor took her in and made her what she is.
Luthor continues to work on Brainiac's new body, but refuses to continue after he learns that Brainiac means to kill him once he's finished. Unfortunately, he has already finished enough of the body for Brainiac to inhabit it and finish it himself. Luthor tries to run, but Brainiac hits him with an apparent non-fatal blast of energy .
Superman and Mercy enter the lab where they find Luthor and Brainiac. More robots attack Superman as Mercy tries to destroy Brainiac, who easily defeats her, immune to her weapon. Superman destroys the robots but is attacked by Brainiac who has upgraded his body with energy weapons that make him powerful enough to fight Superman on an equal footing. Superman is nearly defeated until Mercy notices the Sky Sentry stored in a corner and yells to Superman. Superman flies to the weapon and fires a magnetic blast at Brainiac. Brainiac fires back, but the Sentry's beam overcomes him and magnetizes his body. The magnetic field is so powerful that it begins to tear the room apart, pulling every metal object towards Brainiac with destructive force. While Luthor and Mercy try to escape, a large computer terminal falls on Mercy. She calls to Luthor, but he leaves her behind, and Superman has to save her.
Brainiac has returned.
After Brainiac is gone, Luthor has his body retrieved and intends to analyze its advanced technology. Superman objects, saying the military has a right to study the threat in case Brainiac returns, but Luthor smugly reminds him that every single piece of Brainiac's new body came from LexCorp's inventory. Then he excuses himself to attend a charity benefit.
As he arrives at the door to his limousine, Mercy hesitates, but then opens the door for him as usual, still taking his orders in spite of his lack of loyalty to her.
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- Brainiac reveals itself within LexCorp 's computers as foreshadowed in " Stolen Memories ".
- Lex Luthor experiences a taste of desperation, something he'll experience more of throughout Justice League and Justice League Unlimited .
- It is implied in " Knight Time " that some of Brainiac's programming remained in LexCorp's computers and transferred into Wayne Enterprises ' computers, during the brief partnership between the two companies in " World's Finest ."
- Mercy Graves finally addresses Lex's lack of respect for her in the Justice League episode " Tabula Rasa ".
- This episode turns out to be a pivitol plot point in the DCAU, as in the Justice League Unlimited episode " Divided We Fall ", it is explained that the reason why Brainiac's blast didn't kill Luthor was because he actually implanted microscopic copy of himself into him, allowing him to survive his seeming destruction in " Twilight ".
- Brainiac's non-lethal attack on Luthor is finally explained in the Justice League Unlimited episode " Divided We Fall ".
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- Superman: The Animated Series, Volume Two (DVD)
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- The beginning grossly exaggerates the dimensions of the Sidewinder missile , which is actually closer in size to the missile Brainiac fires through Clark Kent's apartment window.
- Two missiles exploding under the surface would create two distinct (though overlapping) water funnels rather than one big funnel.
- Similarly, three pieces of bridge dropped in the water would leave three distinct waves.
- While flying away with the missile aimed at his apartment, Clark is wearing a shirt with rolled up sleeves and nothing underneath. However, when it detonates, the shirt is blasted away, revealing Superman's costume with full length sleeves.
- While fighting Superman, Brainiac is seen smirking when restraining Superman. This contradicts the fact that he's a living computer and should show no emotion.
- At the very beginning, during the title screen, the music sounds almost exactly like the theme for Krypton composed by John Williams from Superman: The Movie .
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Ava Starr , better known as Ghost , is the main antagonist of the 2018 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man and the Wasp and will return in some capacity in the upcoming 2024 film Thunderbolts .
She is a young woman with the ability to phase and bypass through solid objects due to an over-exposure to Quantum energy in a failed experiment. However, the aftermath of her mutation is also a disease that is slowly killing her.
She is portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen , who also played F’Nale Zandor in Ready Player One . As a child, she was portrayed by RaeLynn Bratten.
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Ava Starr is a tall, slim woman with curly brown hair with a tan-skinned tone and green eyes. While wearing her costume, it is entirely colored white with some shades of grey made from rubber and an unknown texture. She also has a protective mask with red eyes and sensors that allow her to see someone without getting detected. Her hood also conceals the rest of her head as a sort of protection.
Biography [ ]
Ava as a child.
Ghost is first seen when she spies on Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne (along with Hope's father Hank Pym) driving away with their miniaturized laboratory, learning of their plan to rescue Hope's mother Janet from a quantum realm. Ghost enters Sonny Burch's restaurant after Hope successfully defeats Burch's men and takes the part he refused to sell to her and engages her in a fight over the same part. Ant-Man quickly joins in on the fight to prevent Hope from being killed, although the two of them are unable to prevent Ghost from escaping. Outside the restaurant, she forces Hank Pym to give up his miniature laboratory by phasing her fist into his throat and then makes off with it.
With help from Bill Foster, Lang, Hope and Pym manage to track down Ghost's location, but they are quickly apprehended by Ghost, who promptly reveals her identity named Ava Starr, the adoptive daughter of Bill. She peacefully explains that her father was once a colleague of Hank Pym but was fired alongside Bill, prompting him to run a quantum test that failed and caused an explosion that killed Ava's parents and mutated her molecular structure, giving her the ability to phase through matter and become invisible. For years S.H.I.E.L.D. used Ava as a stealth assassin in exchange of researching a possible cure or her, during which they developed the Ghost Suit which gives Ava some degree of control over her abilities.
However, Bill discovered that Ava's powers are actually a deadly disease that will kill her. Foster built a cabin that feeds quantum energy into Ava to stabilize her, but Ava's condition will only worsen over time and the cabin can only do so much to delay the symptoms. Ava and Bill plan to cure her using the quantum machine (with Bill's help) to extract quantum energy directly from Janet. Believing that the plan might kill Janet, Pym refuses to tag along and he, Lang and Hope manage to retrieve the lab before escaping, much to Bill and Ava's distraught.
However, things took a turn for the worst when Burch learned of the trio's location and had his FBI contact Stoltz to inform the FBI, who then arrest Pym and Hope while Lang is forced to escape. This allows Burch to finally get hold of the lab before setting his plan to sell it. Fortunately, Lang broke Pym and Hope free before retrieving the lab and using it to open a portal to save Janet, but Ava arrives to confront them again. Inside the building, she uses the energy that is supporting Janet but is stopped by Ant-Man and Wasp once again. They eventually managed to get back to the real world unharmed, and Janet uses her energy to temporarily cure Ava of her condition. This allows both Bill and Ava to escape free while Burch and his men end up being arrested by the arriving FBI.
With Ava temporarily cured and Burch arrested, Lang and the Pym family decided to work more on the quantum energy in an effort to find a permanent cure for Ava.
Personality [ ]
Due to the accident that caused her parents' demise, Ava proved herself to be quite vengeful and ruthless in nature as she holds a grudge against Hank Pym for discrediting her father that inadvertently led to the accident. As Ava's condition worsens, she continuously becomes more desperate to find a cure and scared of death, acting out of impulse and not caring if saving her life implies killing others. Due to her extreme condition, Ava was willing to do anything that could help find a cure for her, even attempting to coerce Lang to help him out by threatening to kidnap his daughter Cassie and attacking her surrogate father.
Despite this, Ava does seem to care for her surrogate father Bill, even warning him to flee as she doesn't want him to be on the run from the authorities due to her actions. She even willingly gave up her grudge against the Pym family after Janet used the extracted quantum energy to temporarily cure her following the arrest of Burch and his men.
Relationships [ ]
- Elihas Starr † - Father
- Catherine Starr † - Mother
- Bill Foster - Adoptive Father
Friends [ ]
- Scott Lang / Ant-Man - Former Enemy
- Hope van Dyne / Wasp - Former Enemy
- Hank Pym - Former Enemy
- Janet van Dyne - Attempted Victim and Former Enemy
- Luis - Former Enemy
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- Sonny Burch
- Stoltz † - Enemy and Victim
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- She is the second main antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series to be a female after Hela . The difference is that Ava redeems herself after Janet cures her and she is still alive whereas Hela remains evil to the end and dies.
- RaeLynn Bratten played the young incarnation of the character during the flashback where her parents died from the experimental accident.
- Unlike her comic-book counterpart, this version of Ghost is the daughter of the MCU counterpart of Ant-Man's archenemy Egghead .
- Ghost's role in the movie is similar to Ivan Vanko/Whiplash in Iron Man 2 . Both are main antagonists who wanted to get revenge on the heroes whose families are indirectly responsible for their parents' deaths - Hank Pym and Tony Stark respectively.
- However, it might imply to she might still be alive, as actress Hannah John Kamen confirmed that she is still alive.
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All Shadow People Are Terrifying, But The Phantom Hat Man May Be One Of The Worst Of All
Dark apparitions that reveal themselves while you're sleeping are scary enough, but of all the Shadow People that visit you at night, the Hat Man may be the most creepy. It's been discovered that there are different classes of Shadow People , and this terrifying man with the hat is among them. He's been spotted all over the world, and according to people who've shared their stories, the Hat Man has apparently been around for a while.
What are Shadow People? It's certain these dark apparitions aren't human, but with all kinds of theories about their existence - from time travelers to aliens - no one really knows what they are or where they came from. The Hat Man is believed to be one of them and although he's extremely mysterious, many witnesses claim he's over six feet tall and always wears a hat. According to creepy stories about the phantom Hat Man, he appears during times of emotional turmoil or distress and will often observe you as you sleep. Who is the phantom Hat Man? Humanity may never know but if he ever pays you a visit, consider yourself special.
The Hat Man Is Said To Wear A Fedora Or Top Hat, A Trench Coat, And Have Glowing Red Eyes
According to everyone who's seen him, the Hat Man appears as a completely dark figure like other Shadow People. The obvious difference is that Hat Man wears a hat which has appeared as a top hat in some sightings and a fedora in others. While many people are unable to make out what he is wearing, some report seeing old-fashioned clothing , a long trench coat or a cape, and he always appears at least six feet tall.
The Hat Man's face is also usually indistinguishable but many who he has visited have claimed he has glowing red eyes, unlike other Shadow People. There have also been reports that Hat Man carries a gold watch attached by a chain to his belt and will occasionally look at it.
Although Some People Claim The Hat Man Has Attacked Them, He Is Usually Content Just To Watch
People who claim the Hat Man has attacked them tell stories about being jumped on or choked and have experienced burning in their chest or tingling on their scalp. Shadow People are said to often do this, the Hat Man is also happy just watching. He tends to stay longer than most Shadow People as well and has been spotted watching people in the mirror, bending over them while they sleep or just hanging out in the corner with a creepy smile on his face.
Perhaps not attacking a person and simply observing from afar is much more terrifying, especially since many people insist Hat Man has a solid form unlike other Shadow People. And while Shadow People tend to just disappear when it's time for them to leave, Hat Man has been seen floating above the ground or walking away .
Hat Man Often Appears During Times Of Trauma, Aggression, Or Other Negative Emotional Disturbances
In many cases, the Hat Man seems to be hanging around areas where there are negative emotions taking place, such as households that have experienced domestic abuse, fighting, or depressed family members. Some people believe the Hat Man is a demon sent to bring those who are about to die to Hell. Others think he is demonic .
Heidi Hollis may be able to back that up with a story a German soldier told her about witnessing Hat Man, asking who he was, and being told "Scratch," an old nickname for the Devil. Hollis also recounted the story of a suicidal man who woke to find himself in the hospital and the Hat Man close by. According to the story, the Hat Man quickly disappeared after the man woke up but not before saying, "I almost had you."
Some People Believe The Hat Man Emits Very Powerful Negative Energy And Feeds Off The Fear He Causes
People can usually feel when they're being watched, and a gaze from the Hat Man is no exception. Many have also noted a very dark energy emitted from him and said they immediately knew he was extremely evil and very likely wanted to kill them. Some get the feeling the Hat Man is enjoying their fear and actually feeding off of it. It's possible, however, that since people who witness Hat Man are usually already in a fearful, angry, or other emotionally charged state thanks to whatever negative thing is going on in their life, they associate Hat Man with their negative feelings.
Because he appears in so many different situations, and occasionally to several people in the same family , there isn't really a clear explanation if he's truly evil and why he appears to so many people.
He Has Been Seen All Over The World, Making The Hat Man A Global Phenomenon
In 2001, the subject of Shadow People was first introduced to mainstream media via Coast to Coast AM . After the broadcast, many people sent in drawings of what they had seen and shared stories about their own experiences with Shadow People. Author and strange encounter-enthusiast Heidi Hollis noted in 2008 that there was a commonly seen Shadow Person she named "Hat Man," and people all over the world claimed to have been visited by him as well.
No one expected so many people to have experiences with Hat Man or Shadow People, but the similarity of people's stories has given the creepy dark man a lot of popularity and more credibility for a lot of people. You can find stories all over the internet from those who have encountered him and one person started a website specifically to collect tales about Hat Man sightings.
Like Shadow People, The Hat Man Often Appears When People Are Experiencing Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis is a sleep disorder that scientists believe may be caused by a disturbed REM sleep cycle . People who experience this physically harmless but psychologically terrifying experience are fully awake but unable to move. They may also have hypnagogic hallucinations as they are trapped between being asleep and being awake and might see things like Shadow People or the Hat Man. These hallucinations can obviously be quite scary and even more terrifying when the person experiencing them is unable to move. Scientists have no final explanation for why so many people see the same creepy apparitions though.
Many people experience Shadow People and the Hat Man when they are awake as well, so the idea of sleep paralysis doesn't completely account for this phenomenon.
Hat Man Often Appears In The Bedroom And Many First Saw Him When They Were Children
Although the Hat Man can seemingly appear at any time of day in any location, many encounters people recount have taken place in bedrooms , with a large amount of sightings occurring in basements . Why this is the case isn't entirely clear, but since many basements are dark and scary to begin with, it makes sense. Considering many encounters with the Hat Man take place when the person visited is about to go to sleep, has just woken up, or is already asleep, the Hat Man appearing in a bedroom makes sense too.
Lots of witnesses have met the Hat Man when they were children and kept the stories to themselves for many years, either because they didn't want to be thought of as crazy or they didn't rationally believe the story themselves.
One Person Saw Hat Man Only While Dating A Boyfriend Who Turned Out To Be A Very Violent Person
Former Reddit user /u/ Strangelyydazed shared their Hat Man story:
My (now ex) boyfriend always talked about these shadow people. He saw the top hat man and the man in the fedora. He always said the top hat man came to warn him of awful things that were going to happen. I, of course, thought he was a psycho and dismissed it. Two months later, I started to see the man in the hat next to our bed. He would lean over me. Anyways my boyfriend ended up violently assaulting several girls. I read somewhere that he may show up if you are in the presence of an evil person, or dangerous environment. I also saw a different shadow man in the middle of the road in the car at night with him. I explained his appearance to my boyfriend. He explained immediately that this man came when death occurred. Ironically, I went to a doctor's visit the next day and was informed I had a miscarriage last night. Since we broke up I haven't seen shadow people since.
At Least One Person Saw The Hat Man With A Young Girl Who Spoke An Unknown Language
Redditor /u/ TheirEyesUponYou shared:
I saw him at 18 years old in my room after a particularly traumatic experience... I woke up at an incredibly late hour, probably 2-3. I didn't check, but something was off. I was speaking, in a language I've never heard. I was speaking to what I can only describe as a young girl, or something with the body type of a young girl, perhaps 14 in a dress. I couldn't make out her features, but I could make out her eyes and her mouth which could only be described as 'sharp looking' like a human piranha or something. She was whispering something in my ear, and I was replying in this strange language.
But it wasn't just this shadow girl, my bed was surrounded by tall dark figures which I could not make out the features of, perhaps four of them not counting the girl. They sat motionless and watched me but the most striking figure was a tall man in a wide brimmed hat standing in the corner of my room. I could feel as if he was amused, no, more amused than the others. Each time the girl whispered in my ear, I would let out a reply of which I didn't understand, and the man in the hat would be delighted. You'd think that one would be scared of this sort of encounter, but it felt familiar! I felt rather warm, as if I were surrounded by old friends or family. I forgot to add that I was researching this encounter and came across a startling similar account. The person had an almost identical experience, minus talking in another language or at all for that matter, and the little girl was yelling into their ear as opposed to whisper as she was for me. Very strange.
No One Knows Who The Hat Man Really Is But He May Be An Interdimensional Being Or Astral Projection Like Shadow People
There are many theories regarding what Shadow People actually are and why humans see them, and the Hat Man may have a similar explanation. Perhaps he is an interdimensional being, visiting humanity from another dimension and only partially visible since he's on a different vibration than we are. He could also be an astral projection, the shadow of a person who's currently traveling out of their human body. A demon is certainly a possibility, based on all the negative feelings people feel around him.
Other theories about the existence of the Hat Man include aliens, time travelers, and ghosts, as well as just the wild imaginations of the witnesses. Currently, there's no scientific method to test any of these ideas, so for now the Hat Man remains a very creepy mystery.
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Why Men Ghost And The High Value Response To It: A Comprehensive Guide
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Ghosting is a phenomenon that has taken the dating world by storm. It is the act of disappearing without any explanation or communication from the person you were seeing. The feeling of being ghosted is akin to being left stranded in the middle of nowhere. This behavior is prevalent among men, especially around the three-month mark. In this article, we will break down the topic of why men ghost and what the most high value response to it is.
What Is Ghosting?
Ghosting is the act of disappearing on someone you have been dating without any explanation. It is called “ghosting” because of how it feels: everything changes overnight, and you are left wondering what happened. You ask yourself, “Is this even real? Everything was going so well…”
What Is Its Impact?
The impact of ghosting can vary. If you have been expecting the relationship to end as things have not been going well, you will not be surprised when your partner disappears. You may feel bad, but deep down, you knew it was about to happen.
However, when the man you have been seeing disappears without explanation after treating you like a queen for weeks, it can be one of the most painful experiences to navigate. It is such cases that make you spin in your head, trying to understand why men ghost.
Now, women not only try to understand why men ghost but also internalize the guilt. They ask themselves questions like:
- “What did I do wrong here, for him to disappear on me like this?”
- “Why don’t I ever go beyond the 3-month mark with any good man?”
- “What is wrong with me?”
- “Why do men always chicken out when a relationship starts to get real?”
Why Do Men Ghost in Dating?
None of these questions are true or helpful.
A man ghosting on you does not mean anything is wrong with you or that you will never be able to navigate beyond the three-month mark. My husband did not, and neither did any of the husbands of my happily married clients.
So, why do men ghost?
There are several potential reasons. .
A male expert explains that men ghost, often around the three-month mark, because that is when a relationship starts to get real, and his fears come up.
Another expert says that they ghost because they get overwhelmed by the intensity of their feelings and cannot cope with them.
Yet another expert says that men ghost on a woman around that point because they may not be ready to give you what you want.
However, it is my husband’s response that hits home for me the most.
Men disappear on a woman when they are not sure they are feeling it for her and she is NOT their forever one.
As a relationship expert, I know that a man would try to overcome his fears, insecurities, and doubts for a woman who he is sure is “THE ONE.”
His passion, his desire, his wanting to be with her will help him trump his demons and fears.
So, all of these mental acrobatics about why men ghost on women do not interest or capture me. They actually feel like a waste of time, a temporary way to distract a woman from addressing the real issue:
How do you respond to a man who ghosts on you, irrespective of why he ghosted on you?
Because his “why” does not matter… that he ghosted on you, DOES!
The High Value Response To Ghosting
Now that we have understood why men ghost, it is time to discuss the high value response to ghosting. There are two things of importance here:
1.Understand that there is nothing you can do to make him change his mind.
Men do what they want, and the last thing you want to do in a romantic equation is beg a man to be with
2. Respond in a high value way.
So, what does it mean to respond in a high value way when a man ghosts you?
First and foremost, it means not chasing after him. It means not sending him endless messages, calling him repeatedly, or trying to force an explanation out of him. It means not resorting to name-calling or engaging in drama. It means not begging him to come back or trying to guilt-trip him into giving you an explanation.
Instead, responding in a high value way means taking a step back and focusing on yourself. It means taking care of your own well-being and happiness, rather than fixating on why he ghosted on you.
It means maintaining your dignity and self-respect, even in the face of rejection. It means understanding that his ghosting is about him, not about you, and that you deserve someone who is willing to communicate and be present in a relationship.
Here are some specific ways to respond in a high value way when a man ghosts on you:
- Give him space: I f a man ghosts on you, the best thing you can do is give him space. Don’t try to force an explanation out of him or bombard him with messages. Let him come to you if he wants to communicate. If he doesn’t, then it’s a clear sign that he’s not interested in continuing the relationship, and it’s time for you to move on. I truly believe that trying to have a conversation or getting closure is overrated, especially in early dating.
- Focus on self-care: Take care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family, engage in activities that make you happy, and practice self-compassion. Remember that you are worthy of love and respect, and don’t let his ghosting affect your self-esteem.
- Set boundaries : If he does come back after ghosting, it’s important to set boundaries. Let him know that his ghosting was hurtful and unacceptable, and that you won’t tolerate such behavior in the future. Communicate your expectations clearly and stand firm in your boundaries.
- Don’t engage in drama: It can be tempting to lash out at him or engage in drama when you’re hurt by his ghosting, but this will only prolong the pain and create more negativity. Avoid engaging in negative behaviors such as name-calling, arguing, or seeking revenge. Instead, rise above the situation and respond with grace and dignity.
- Move on: If a man ghosts on you, it’s important to recognize that it’s not a reflection of your worthiness or desirability. It’s his loss, not yours. Allow yourself to grieve the end of the relationship, but also give yourself permission to move on. Don’t dwell on the why’s and what-if’s, and don’t wait around for him to come back. Focus on yourself and open yourself up to new possibilities.
In conclusion, ghosting can be a painful experience, but it’s important to understand that it’s not about you, even though in the moment I know it does feel personal.
Men ghost for various reasons, and it’s not always a reflection of your worthiness or desirability.
The most high value response to ghosting is to focus on yourself, set boundaries, and respond with grace and dignity.
Remember that you deserve someone who is willing to communicate and be present in a relationship, and don’t settle for anything less. Keep in mind that ghosting is a sign that the relationship was not meant to be, and it’s an opportunity for you to move on and find someone who appreciates and respects you for who you are. If you’d like to learn further on how to not be the woman who gets ghosted and show up as high value in dating, click here to read my blog on 5 ways to show up as high value in dating.
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Live updates, mummified pennsylvania man ‘stoneman willie’ identified and buried after 128 years on display.
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A leather-skinned mummified man lying in an open coffin in Reading, Pennsylvania, known only as “Stoneman Willie” to the public got two things Saturday he went without for 128 years – a burial and his real name.
Dressed in a period tuxedo, his generations-long public afterlife as the stuff of city lore and ghost stories ended when he was introduced to the world as James Murphy of New York at a funeral in Reading.
A group of funeral home employees and well-wishers, said in unison, “Rest in peace, James,” as they unveiled his tombstone, with his real name in small letters below large type reading, “Stoneman Willie.”
His send-off included a colorful procession with a motorcycle hearse carrying his casket.
Murphy was of Irish descent, an alcoholic, and was in Reading at a firefighters’ convention when he died in the local jailhouse of kidney failure on Nov. 19, 1895, said Kyle Blankenbiller, the director of the Theo C. Auman Inc. Funeral Home where Murphy’s remains had resided.
Blankenbiller said at the funeral that Murphy’s real name was known to the original Theo Auman, director of the funeral home in 1895.
Murphy’s real name had been passed down within the funeral home over the past 128 years, but it was not until the latest decision to give him a proper burial that the research was done to conclusively confirm his identity as James Murphy.
The once unidentified man was in jail accused of being a thief, and he was accidentally mummified by a mortician experimenting with new embalming techniques.
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- 1 Background
- 2 Logo design
- 4 Salinger references
- 5 External links
- 6 References
Background [ ]
"In the Ghost in the Shell series, Laughing Man proves to be the ultimate hacker, capable of such feats as hijacking multiple video streams simultaneously, taking over someone’s cybernetic brain entirely, or even editing his own images out of someone’s cybernetic eyes, and all in real time." 
The character's name is taken from the title of J. D. Salinger 's short story, The Laughing Man . The Laughing Man logo is an animated image of a smiling figure wearing a cap, with circling text quoting a line from Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye , which reads: "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes." The supposed Laughing Man's name is Aoi. In the last episode of the first season, there is his red hat with the name Aoi patched on the inside.
Logo design [ ]
The Laughing Man logo was designed by TERRATAG .  Based in the UK, Terratag was asked to read a short story by J.D. Salinger, The Laughing Man , and to base the logo on that. The story centers around a boys' after school organization called the Comanche Club. The Comanche Club's Chief often brings the boys to Central Park for baseball games, and these games are the source of the baseball cap featured in the logo. The text was given to Terratag by Production I.G. and reads: "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes". The phrase is an excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye , also written by J.D. Salinger. In the book the text continues to read: "That way I wouldn't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something they'd have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. They'd get bored as hell doing that after a while, and then I'd be through with having conversations for the rest of my life".
The Complex story arc of Stand Alone Complex focuses on the Laughing Man case, and on a medical/governmental conspiracy tied in to the fate of the Laughing Man.
Concerning the fictional origin of the logo, Togusa speculates in episode 20, "RE-VIEW", that there's a connection between the Laughing Man and the Sunflower Society because of the similarity of their logos, while the Laughing Man himself says that was inspired for his logo by the (fictional) Starchild Coffee company logo (itself a reference to the real-life logo of the Starbucks coffeehouse chain).
History [ ]
The hacker's first appearance in the GITS: SAC storyline is six years before the anime starts, when he assaulted the head of Serano Genomics in public on February 3, 2024, hiding his face from eyewitnesses and cameras with his Laughing Man logo. The Laughing Man is such an expert that he can "steal eyes" of entire crowds, in real time—hacking their visual cyber-brain implants, either to make himself appear invisible or to hide his face with the cartoon logo. He can also alter memories, erasing all records of his existence. Many of those who indeed saw his face would only recall and refer to the stylized logo as depicted above. Togusa was one such person, as were many of the witnesses of the initial incident involving the head of Serano Genomics. His talents were recognized even by Motoko Kusanagi and Aramaki . When Section 9 finally tracked him down, they offered him a position on the Section 9 payroll; The Laughing Man was flattered by the offer but politely declined it.
The Laughing Man has quite a fascination with The Catcher in the Rye , as if the work greatly influenced him: like that novel's main character, Holden Caulfield , he can't stand "phonies" (corrupt politicians in this case). He also kept a prized left-handed baseball catcher's mitt for a time with a quote from The Catcher in the Rye written on it. Ironically, while the mitt is actually real, the term "a lefty's catcher mitt" is described as being net jargon for "something people think exists, but really doesn't." [ verification needed ]
For an unknown amount of time before the storyline begins, the Laughing Man lived in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's Rehabilitation Center, posing as, not-coincidentally, a deaf-mute in a wheelchair. He apparently revealed his ability to walk and talk to the other patients at the center, who knew him as "leader" ("chief" in the English dub) and referred to his occasional periods of communication as "visits." When Togusa comes to investigate the center, he discovers that someone has written the famous Laughing Man logo text in a PBX cabinet but has added "or should I?" Apparently feeling that he was about to be discovered, the Laughing Man erases all record of his existence from the center, including wiping the memories of his friends (who apparently not only consent to this treatment, but seem to expect it as if they know of it happening before) and vanishes again before Section 9 can track him down.
The Laughing Man has made it a point that he never came up with the name "The Laughing Man" for himself, it was a label that the media gave based on the J.D. Salinger quote on the logo that eventually stuck.
The Laughing Man's kidnapping of the head of Serano Genomics was actually a spontaneous act, and he did not strike again until some six years later. However, following the kidnapping there was, for some time, a large wave of "Laughing Man"-related graffiti attacks, corporate vandalism and extortion. It was later revealed that a corrupt power cabal in the Japanese government used the sudden appearance of the Laughing Man to their own advantage by carrying out acts of corporate sabotage, then heavily using the "Laughing Man" motif in order to fool the media into thinking it was the Laughing Man's doing, thus shifting suspicion from themselves and their illegal actions.
An unexpected element was that 39 people who were arrested in regard to the assassination attempt on Secretary General Daido all showed no sign of external influence by The Laughing Man, or anyone else. It was thought that many of the direct attackers were not influenced at all; they attempted the assassination to be a part of The Laughing Man's effort for the truth. The police, however, informed the public that they were forced to do it through ghost hacking.
"The Laughing Man" became something of a pop culture obsession for a time, much to the chagrin of the actual Laughing Man—the irony being that since everybody used his icon and name for their own purposes, the original meaning of his actions, an artful forced confession of the truth through fear in the public eye, became "phony" itself. The effort to stand for and demand the truth was also lost forever. A further irony is that the Laughing Man icon itself is a retooling by the Laughing Man of the fictional Starchild Coffee company logo (itself a reference to the Starbucks logo) and the Sunflower Society logo.
The Laughing Man admitted that he embarked on his notorious kidnapping caper after chancing upon a file in the depths of the Net detailing the extensive corruption in the corporate world, leaving the true identity of the propagator of the aforementioned incidents a mystery. The identified Laughing Man confesses to have been a brash student at the time, but had mellowed out somewhat over the six years since the Serano Genomics event, seeming to now prefer a more intellectual approach over his former overzealous and radical approach. His real name, as far as can be ascertained from the number of events where he appears, is Aoi, meaning Blue in Japanese . The first and last letters of "Aoi" form "A.I.", which stands for artificial intelligence , one of the final explanations for the origin of the Laughing Man.
After the events of the Section 9 raid by the Umibozu and the last meeting with Motoko and Aramaki, it was discovered that Aoi, though responsible for the initial incident that made the Laughing Man a phenomenon, was not in fact its true originator . Aoi chose to confront Serano only because of the file he found, and despite years of extensive investigation on his own part, he never discovered the origin of that file . It could be said that whoever abandoned the file was in fact the "real" Laughing Man - and it is possible that he obtained it from someone else. Aoi tells Aramaki to make of that what he will.
Aramaki understands the sheer absurdity of it all, but is still impressed enough with Aoi's skills and offers him a position with Section 9. He expressed "that the true Laughing Man is an A.I. developed by stray strands of code scattered about the internet, and that this A.I. brought the file to his attention." [ verification needed ] Though Aoi is deeply flattered by the offer, he declines. Afterwards, he disappeared again for the last time from Japanese society, and probably remains employed as a librarian in the National Library.
Later on, Aoi's deeds are compared to the Individual Eleven case, the main plot of the second season.
Salinger references [ ]
Other references to Salinger's book The Catcher in the Rye , include the red hunting cap that the real Laughing Man wears backwards and the baseball mitt with poetry written on it the laughing man carries while under the guise of a patient at a vocational aid center. Another is his reference to "phonies," a term used frequently by Rye's Holden Caulfield . Lastly, when Motoko Kusanagi enters the Laughing Man's library near the end of the series, the camera zooms on her hand moving over the phrase "Fuck you" written on the railing. In The Catcher in the Rye , Holden says "You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write 'Fuck you' right under your nose."
Another reference taken directly from J. D. Salinger's short story, The Laughing Man , occurs in episode 11 entitled Portraitz . In this episode a child at a vocational aid center refers to a character named Chief who is going to visit, Chief is the name given by the children to The Laughing Man as well as the main character's childhood idol in the short story.
Another reference taken from The Catcher in the Rye is in episode 12 "Escape From". This episode focuses on the Tachikomas, "think" tanks that are employed by Section 9. Batou's personal Tachikoma wanders off in this episode and becomes acquainted with a little girl. This little girl tells the Tachikoma a story called "The Secret Goldfish" which is actually from the first page of Rye . "The Secret Goldfish" is a short story that Holden Caufield's older brother D.B. writes before he becomes a "prostitute" writing for Hollywood movies. Later in this same episode, there is a poster that reads "Go See Bananafish" in the cyber-brain theatre. This is a reference to "A Perfect Day for Bananafish", another of Salinger's stories. In The same episode, Batou makes a statement about a Marx brothers film, Salinger himself was a known fan of the Marx Brothers.
External links [ ]
- Interview with Laughing Man Logo Designer
References [ ]
- ↑ "The hit series Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex, features a logo for hacker and cyberterrorist "The Laughing Man", in the show he is only identified by his logo which forms a distinct part of the Standalone Complex imagery. I discovered that Paul Nicholson of Terratag designed the logo for Production I.G." from "The Laughing Man - Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex's Hacker Logo"
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Mummy Known as 'Stoneman Willie' Identified 128 Years After He Died in Pennsylvania Jail
The man was accidentally mummified following his death and has been on display at a funeral home since 1895
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A mummified man known as "Stoneman Willie" has been identified over a century after he died at a Pennsylvania jail.
The man, who was accidentally mummified, will now receive a proper burial after being on display at a funeral home in Reading since November 1895, per Reuters .
According to Auman's Funeral Home in the city, 128 years ago, the man was accidentally mummified by a mortician experimenting with new embalming techniques.
On Wednesday, the funeral home's director, Kyle Blankenbiller, told ABC News that they had successfully identified the mummy using historical records and will be holding a burial ceremony on Oct. 7.
"It felt good to finally find his identity," Blankenbiller said. "We all did it together."
The man’s name will be revealed on his tombstone during the ceremony at a local cemetery, Blankenbiller said, adding that the event will be “honorable and memorable.”
The body will be transported to the gravesite for the ceremony via police escort.
"I think it's the honorable thing to do," Blankenbiller told the outlet, which also reported the funeral home has been holding special visitation hours for the mummy before the burial.
Reuters reported that the man was an alcoholic who died of kidney failure in a local jail. He gave a fake name when he was arrested for pickpocketing and therefore became known as "Stoneman Willie" after arriving at the funeral home.
According to Blankenbiller, the funeral home’s original owner, T.C. Auman, had the body embalmed with untested techniques, which is what led to the man’s hair and teeth remaining intact, ABC News reported.
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"Willie" is dressed in a black suit and bow tie and has a red and gold sash across his chest.
On Sunday, residents of Reading lined the streets to celebrate the city’s 275th anniversary with a parade that featured a motorcycle hearse carrying Stoneman Willie, reported Reuters.
"Our employees never refer to him as a mummy. He's our friend Willie," Blankenbiller told ABC News.
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This Ant-Man and the Wasp Actor Has Been in 3 Major Movies in 2018 Alone
Updated on 7/6/2018 at 3:45 PM
In Ant-Man and the Wasp , Ghost, the gray-suit wearing, matter-altering antagonist of the new film, is bound to cause trouble. Hannah John-Kamen is the actor under the suit, and she's all over the sci-fi/fantasy genre — though you may not have recognized her name.
British actor John-Kamen got her start in 2011 as a voice actor in the now classic fantasy video game Dark Souls , as well as its sequel, Dark Souls II . She went on to make appearances on several British television series, including multiepisode arcs on shows such as Happy Valley , The Tunnel , and The Hour . Additionally, she's made appearances on two separate Black Mirror episodes, "Fifteen Million Merits" and again in "Playtest."
Since 2015, John-Kamen has starred on the space bounty-hunter television series Killjoys as one of the central characters. The series originally premiered in Canada but has been picked up to be coproduced by SyFy channel for a its final fourth and fifth seasons.
She's also appeared in two of the biggest franchises of the last several years: Game of Thrones and Star Wars . In Game of Thrones , John-Kamen played Ornela, one of the dosh khaleen who quickly befriends Daenerys, and in Star Wars: The Force Awakens , she was one of the First Order officers.
Her appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp will also be her third time on the big screen this year after having already showed up in Ready Player One (pictured above) as the leader of The Sixers, F'Nale Zandor, and in the Tomb Raider reboot as Sophie. After such a busy year, I'm sure it's not a stretch to say that we can plan on seeing Hannah show up in many more of our favorite geeky properties going forward.
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What's That Ghost in the Background in Three Men and a Baby?
By mental floss uk | aug 26, 2015.
by Simon Brew
It was Mr Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, who landed in the director's chair for the 1987 smash hit comedy, Three Men and a Baby . A remake of the French film Trois Hommes et un Couffin , Nimoy's take brought together Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson, and Tom Selleck, and took in more than $167 million at the box office, which was enough to make it the highest grossing film of the year.
Yet the film's most enduring legacy is the urban legend surrounding
a ghostly figure that appears in the background of one of its scenes.
You can see him in this clip, hiding behind the curtain, just a few seconds in...
The story went that it was the ghost of a boy who had committed suicide. And that the gun he had used to commit the act was in the movie, too. It didn't take long for that rumor to catch on.
When the story first spread, it led to a run on video rentals for the film, so there was little incentive for anyone to debunk it. As it turns out, though, there's a logical explanation for this one. And, no, it doesn't involve a ghost.
The scene here was shot on a Toronto sound stage, and the figure that you're seeing is Ted Danson. More to the point, it's a cardboard cutout of Danson that was made for the movie as a prop. The storyline concerning that prop never made the final cut of the film itself, but the cutout did.
It would be fair to say that the single piece of cardboard helped make Disney many millions more dollars. A trick that would have been worth repeating on 1990's undercooked follow-up, Three Men and a Little Lady .
See more movie urban legends right here .
All Pac-Man Ghost Names and What They Do
- July 5, 2022
- Jason Brown
Who are the ghosts who chase Pac-Man through mazes, across Pac-Land and even over Pac-Man World? Let’s find out as we check all Pac-Man ghost names – and what they do!
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Who are the Pac-Man ghosts?
There are four ghosts in the original Pac-Man (which we rated as top of the best Pac-Man games !): a red ghost, a pink ghost, a cyan ghost and an orange ghost.
Do they all behave differently?
They sure do! Considering Pac-Man was originally released in 1980, it may surprise you to learn that each ghost in Pac-Man has their own behaviour and patterns that they follow, as well as behaviour that they adhere to during what’s known as ‘scatter mode’. All of this are things that you may not even notice during play, but we’re here to shine a light on each ghost and reveal what it is they do!
Who is the red ghost in Pac-Man?
According to one of the attract screens on the English language version of the arcade game, the red ghost is named Shadow – and his nickname is Blinky.
For some reason, it’s the nicknames that stuck with the ghosts, so in general, this one is just known as Blinky. Blinky is perhaps the leader of what’s known as the Ghost Gang; he’s definitely the most deadly ghost – and almost certainly the most likely to catch our little yellow hero.
What pattern does Blinky follow?
Unlike the others, Blinky speeds up as Pac-Man eats more dots in the maze. With 20 dots remaining in the first maze, Blinky gets faster – but in subsequent mazes, he speeds up even sooner. He’s a very tough enemy to outrun, especially as he follows Pac-Man closely once he’s on his trail – and doesn’t even cease his relentless pursuit during periods when the other ghosts enter scatter mode.
Who is the pink ghost?
Oddly – despite Blinky being the ghost known to speed up – the pink ghost’s ‘real’ name is Speedy. However, she’s more commonly known by her nickname, Pinky. Like the other ghosts, she has her own, very specific patterns of movement.
What pattern does Pinky follow?
Pinky moves around maze walls in an anti-clockwise pattern, but also roughly follows Pac-Man’s movement – targeting four spaces ahead of where the player is headed, which is designed to get out in front of them and cut them off. During scatter mode, Pinky heads for the top left corner and moves in an anti-clockwise, circling motion around the corner walls.
Who is the cyan ghost?
The cyan ghost’s ‘official’, original English-language name was Bashful, but his nickname – and like the others, the name he’s known by now – is Inky. The most unpredictable of the four ghosts, Inky is dangerous because you can’t always know exactly what he’s going to do next!
What pattern does Inky follow?
This is a strange one – though unpredictable, Inky’s behaviour is actually linked to the position of the Ghost Gang’s leader, Blinky. He’ll patrol an area dependent on where Blinky is at any given time – and will become more random the further away from Blinky he is. During scatter mode, Inky will patrol the lower right corner of the maze. You know those moments where you get trapped between two ghosts and can’t get away? That’ll usually be Inky and his random behaviour getting you cornered!
Who is the orange ghost?
Pokey – more commonly known as Clyde – is the one ghost whose name doesn’t rhyme with the others. Poor Clyde – always the outsider! His behaviour reflects this too, cleverly – unlike the others, he just doesn’t seem to have much interest in chasing Pac-Man.
What pattern does Clyde follow?
Though Clyde does chase Pac-Man (in much the same way as Blinky), when he gets within eight spaces of Pac-Man, he starts to retreat into the bottom-left corner of the maze. This is also the area he patrols during scatter mode, making the bottom left Clyde’s Corner!
How do you fight back against the ghosts?
There are four Power Pellets in the maze; when Pac-Man eats one, the ghosts turn temporarily blue – signifying that they can be eaten by the hero! This last for just a short time; the ghosts start flashing between blue and white to demonstrate that they are about to turn back to their normal, dangerous colours – in later levels, the period of time to get your revenge is so brief as to be almost imperceptible.
How does this affect their movement?
When a Power Pellet is eaten, the ghosts immediately change their movement patterns, regardless of whether they were in their pursuit or scatter modes. They immediately move away from Pac-Man’s position – and at a much slower speed than normal. Other than that initial reversal of chasing Pac-Man, their movement is randomly decided at each intersection they reach. This gives Pac-Man some valuable breathing room to clear dots from the maze – or get his revenge if the ghosts are close enough!
What happens to the ghosts when Pac-Man eats them?
If Pac-Man does eat them, only the ghost’s eyes remain – and they immediately race back to the pen at the centre of the maze, where they regenerate and re-emerge. It’s important to note that they regenerate and return immediately This means that, even if the effects of the Power Pellet are still in play for the other ghosts, it’s possible to have a fully regenerated, non-blue, dangerous ghost (or ghosts) on your tail – as well as having blue ghosts simultaneously running from you!
Are there other ghosts?
There’s quite a few! Later Pac-Man games introduced new ghosts or simply replaced poor, neglected Clyde. For example, the orange ghost in Ms. Pac-Man is Sue, though her behaviour and appearance are the same as Clyde. To differentiate between them, Sue became purple in later games (and the short-lived, mostly forgotten, animated TV show from 1982). Tim is the name of the orange ghost in Jr. Pac-Man – but again, it’s basically just Clyde with a different name!
Pac-Mania added two new ghosts to Pac-Man’s rogue gallery: Funky and (ahem) Spunky. Funky was a green ghost and Spunky was grey; their only other appearances were in Pac-Man 256 – though they behaved very differently there. Pac-Man 256 also introduced the scary, teleporting Glitchy!
There are many more – especially in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, which originated as a CGI cartoon. This had a huge cast of individual ghosts with their own characters and very distinct visual characteristics – but the most iconic, famous ghosts remain the four originals from the Ghost Gang: Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde!
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Jason – who lives in the UK – has had a lifelong interest in video games, which all started when he discovered Space Invaders in the early 80s. The first game he ever completed was Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the Sega Master System – which remains one of his proudest gaming achievements. Jason is a passionate writer – and has been writing about gaming since the late 90s. He currently runs pop culture blog midlifegamergeek.com, which he updates on a daily basis (and has written more than 700 articles on the blog alone!).
Outside of video games, Jason is a keen tabletop gamer, film buff and comic book fan.
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The Creepiest Real Ghost Photos Ever Taken
Throughout the history of photography, there have been taken thousands of real ghost photos that support the theory of the existence of the other world. Photographers got interested in capturing ghosts in the middle of the 19th century, and nowadays they continue following this tradition.
22 Real Ghost Photos You Should Definitely See
I think I won’t surprise you by saying that most “real ghost photos” are fakes. But at a certain period of history, such pictures made their creators famous and confirmed people's faith in the afterlife.
1. Spirit Photos by William Mumler (1862-1875)
William Mumler can be called a pioneer in this photography genre. In the 1860s, he helped hundreds of people by creating “real” images of his clients standing next to their dead relatives.
Even now, you can find hundreds of pictures of ghosts created by this talented photographer on the net, but the most popular is the one in which the "ghost" of Abraham Lincoln appeared in the photo of his wife Mary Todd Lincoln.
Of course, the deceased American president didn’t rise from the dead to pose together with his wife. It was an accidental case of double exposing, which caused a real sensation. An American showman P.T. Barnum sued Mumler for alleged fraud, but the court acquitted him.
2. Lord Combermere's Ghost Photo by Sybell Corbet (1891)
This rare historical photo was taken in the Abbey Library by Sybell Corbet, who left the camera for 1 hour in the empty room, while all the employees were paying their last respect to Lord Combermere. When she developed the plate, she noticed a see-through image of a gentleman sitting in the armchair, which was the one favored by the dead lord.
Staff members claim that the “man” in a photo looks like the late 2nd Viscount, though there is a huge percentage of skeptics, who believe that a camera captured a servant, who came into the room and sat briefly in the chair.
3. Irish Linen Girls (1900)
This photo of ghost depicts Irish linen workers in their workshop. In 2015 it was included in the Getty Images collection and first appeared on the net.
Looking at the image for the first time, you are unlikely to notice any weirdness, but have a closer look at the lady sitting farthest to the right. Do you notice a hand on her shoulder? Can you see anyone who can place this hand there? Neither do I!
4. Disembodied Hand Touches Bureau by Montague Cooper (1900)
Photographer Montague Cooper took a picture of his desk in his studio. After developing the picture, he noticed a hand without a body that touched the table from above.
He assured that no one came to the table while the camera was working, and there was no mirror or reflector in the studio.
5. A Somerset Haunting by A. S. Palmer (1908)
S. Palmer also wanted to take pictures of ghost and went to the haunted house to complete the mission. He took an army officer with him and they spent several hours in that place without noticing any disturbances.
Suddenly, at about 2.45 AM, they noticed a strange light in one room. Palmer retrieved his camera and took a flash photo of that area. When the film was developed, he noticed a clearly recognizable figure there.
6. A Christmas Ghost (1919)
The realism of this ghosts photograph is questionable, but I decided to add it to this thematic selection. The people in the image are Newton D. Baker, the US Secretary of War, his wife and children.
The photographing process required producing a glass negative, which often underwent the chemical reaction of the glass with the environment, which eventually resulted in the degraded photo quality. That’s why many people believe that a “ghost” in this picture appeared because of some problems with a glass negative.
7. The Fairmont Banff Springs Ghost Bride (1920)
This photo of a ghost has a real backstory related to a bride, whose wedding was organized in the Fairmont Banff hotel and who fell to her death while she was going down the stairs.
There are several versions of why she felt, but hotel workers and visitors aren’t interested in any, as they feel rather terrified seeing that bride going up and down the staircase ever since. There are some people, who even claim that they saw her in the ballroom waiting for the first dance she never had. This woman has become a Canadian legend and there even was released a coin with her picture in 2014.
8. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall (1936)
The real prototype of the “Brown Lady of Raynham Hall” is Lady Dorothy Walpole, who was the second wife of Charles Townshend. This man was believed to have a really bad temper, which has affected all spheres of his life.
Charles Townshend hit the roof when he discovered that his wife has a love affair with Lord Wharton and decided to teach her a lesson by locking in the family home, Raynham Hall. The woman spent there many years until she died in 1726 from smallpox.
9. The Queen’s House Ghosts by Reverend R.W Hardy (1966)
Former clergyman Ralph Hardy, wanted to take several shots of an unusual spiral staircase in the Queen's House section of the museum. After developing the pictures, the photographer noticed the fuzzy outlines of a human figure holding on to the railing.
According to the surviving evidence, the maid was thrown from this staircase about 300 years ago. This ghostly photograph attracted the attention of Kodak experts. After carefully studying the negatives, they concluded that the image is real.
10. The Amityville Ghost Photo by Gene Campbell (1976)
In November 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Junior shot dead his parents and four siblings in his own house. Two years later, a professional photographer Gene Campbell spent the night in this house and took many pictures.
In 1979, the owner of the house showed the world the pictures taken by the photographer. One of them clearly shows the ghost of little John DeFeo - one of the children killed in the house.
11. St Botolph’s Church Ghost by Chris Brackley (1982)
This is one of the most famous paranormal photos that was examined by experts and proven to be real without undergoing any tampering or Double Exposure manipulations. The author of an image is Chris Brackley, who decided to take some photos in the church in 1982.
Together with Chris, there were 4 people in the church, but none of them was standing in the loft, where the figure of the ghost is visible.
12. Madonna of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery by Mari Huff (1991)
Ghost Research Society visited this place in order to inspect it on August 10, 1991. Mari Huff, one of the scientists, took B&W infrared images of the surroundings but didn’t notice anything attention-worthy.
She was really shocked when she developed the film and noticed a woman in the photo. Pay attention to her meditative posture and old-fashioned attire. See more Victorian Era photos .
13. Boothill Graveyard Ghost by Terry Ike Clanton (1995)
Terry Ike Clanton took a photo of a friend in a cowboy's clothes. After he developed the film, there appeared a strange man in the background.
The figure looks like a man in a black hat, soaring over the ground in such a way that it seems as if he either has no legs or is on his knees. This is one of the creepiest real ghost photos.
14. Wem Town Hall Ghost by Tony O'Rahilly (1995)
This photo of ghost was taken on November 19, 1995 by Tony O’Rahilly, who was just beginning this photography career at that time. He was the witness of the fire which ruined the entire building and managed to take images of the blaze from the distance using a 200mm lens.
When he looked at the ready photos, he noticed a girl standing in the doorway of the burning building. The local residents claimed that it was the ghost of Jane Churn, who was called an arsonist in 1677.
15. The Ghost in the Corner by Niki Harless (2000)
This image has long been featured as one of the real ghost photos. Not so long ago, it was uploaded to the website that contains fake ghost pictures taken by visitors, so its “nature” raises many questions.
16. Manila Ghost Photo (2003)
This ghostly photograph was taken by a passer-by with Nokia 7250. Girls asked to photograph them and once they saw an image on the screen, they got really scared as there is a strange creature holding a girl’s arm.
17. Waverly Hills Sanatorium Ghost (2006)
The abandoned tuberculosis hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, witnessed a fair amount of suffering and death while it was functioning in the second half of the 20th century. This photo shows the ruined corridor.
Some say that the figure resembles Mary Lee, the nurse who hanged herself when she found out that she got pregnant by a doctor who, learning about her pregnancy, didn’t want to admit that he was the father of the unborn child.
18. The Boy on a Farm by Neil Sandbach (2008)
In 2008, photographer Neil Sandbach took photos of a farm in Hertfordshire, England, for a couple who planned to organize their wedding there.
Looking through his digital photos later, Sandbech was surprised to see the distinctive ghostly figure of a boy peering around the corner of the building. Some people said they saw the figure of a boy dressed in white nightwear.
19. A Ghost Child by Matthew Summers (2008)
This photo looks rather ordinary, so you may guess why I included it on the list of the really ghost images. The photographer, Matthew Summers, didn’t notice at first anything odd as well, but when he zoomed in, he saw a little girl between the legs of gals on the left.
Ciaran O’Keeffe, who claims to be a “parapsychologist” and takes part in the TV show “Most Haunted”, suggested that there is no apparition in the shot. It is the result of pareidolia, which means that people are inclined to perceive random objects and patterns as faces.
20. The Sixth Swimmer by Kim Davidson (2014)
The family in this photograph had a rest in Murphy’s Hole, which is in southeast Brisbane, Australia. There were only 3 kids there that day, but looking at the photo we can also clearly see another child.
This photo of ghost was posted on Facebook and a random viewer commented on it, explaining that a 13-year-old girl drowned there in 1915 and that’s probably her image was captured by a camera.
21. A Surprise at the Museum by Jonathan Hanna (2017)
Jonathan attended the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, Nother Ireland and took this ghosts photograph there. He was alone in the carriage, but examining the photo, you can clearly see 2 other “creatures”.
One of them looks absolutely terrifying with the hollow eyes, while the figure on the right is sharply defined and has a reflection on the floor. In general, this picture resembles those taken with long exposures with people moving in and out of the image.
22. Spirit of the River Ystwyth by Dave Newnham (2018)
On October 30, 2018, Dave Newnham was checking the footpaths on the estate at about 6:15 PM and suddenly saw a woman standing in the River Ystwyth, near Dologau Bridge.
He thought that she might be in trouble and called the lady to let her know that he is standing nearby. Later he explained that pretty soon he understood that she wasn’t a human, so he decided to snap a shot of a woman, who seemed to “disappear and merge into the river”.
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All 6 times anakin skywalker's force ghost has appeared in star wars.
Anakin Skywalker has appeared six times in Star Wars canon, continuing to shape the timeline even after his death at the end of Return of the Jedi.
This article contains spoilers for Ahsoka.
- Anakin's Force Ghost appeared in various forms throughout Star Wars canon, guiding those he left behind and acknowledging his mistakes.
- Anakin has also returned in the books and comics, creating new moments just as crucial as those from the movies and TV shows.
- Anakin's various appearances raise questions about whether his spirit still has a dark side, which could be explored if his Force Ghost returns for future projects.
Anakin Skywalker may have died in Return of the Jedi , but he had returned as a Force Ghost throughout Star Wars canon. As the central character of George Lucas' Star Wars movies, Anakin left behind an important legacy, making him just as important to the saga after the fall of the Empire. Almost everyone in the galaxy was affected by Anakin's turn to the dark side, especially his friends and family, and this didn't end after Anakin's death. Luke Skywalker chose to honor the Jedi Anakin once was, Ahsoka Tano was conflicted over training Jedi because of what happened to her master, and Ben Solo followed in his grandfather's footsteps.
This made it crucial for Anakin's Force Ghost to return to Star Wars in some capacity, acknowledging his mistakes and guiding those he left behind. Most of Anakin's appearances happened in the movies and TV shows, but his return in the books and comics contained moments just as crucial to the Star Wars timeline. Whether watching over those close to him, helping someone in need, or helping to save the galaxy again, Anakin's Force had a significant role in the Star Wars saga. From the Battle of Endor to the Battle of Exegol, Anakin's Force Ghost has appeared six times in Star Wars canon.
6 Anakin Skywalker's Force Ghost Joined Obi-Wan & Yoda In Return Of The Jedi
Anakin's first appearance as a Force Ghost was at the end of Return of the Jedi , watching over his son alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Initially portrayed by Sebastian Shaw in the theatrical release, Anakin's Force Ghost was changed to Hayden Christensen for the 2004 DVD release, which is how he has appeared in every subsequent release. This moment was brief yet highly impactful, with Anakin looking at Luke with pride while Luke sees his father as the man he always imagined. It was a powerful way for Lucas to end his Star Wars saga, though it wouldn't be the last time Anakin's Force Ghost appeared in canon.
5 Anakin Helped Lina Graf's Crew Escape Vader's Castle
Anakin's next timeline appearance came in Star Wars Adventures: Ghosts of Vader's Castle #5 by Cavan Scott. When Lina Graf and her crew arrived at Fortress Vader on Mustafar to rescue their friend, they were captured by Vaneé, a former servant of Vader who sought to bring his master back to life. The heroes escaped and left Vaneé trapped and breathing in toxic fumes that showed a person their worst fear, in his case, the spirit of Vader. Lina and her crew became lost in the mist until they saw a blue light that they assumed came from Lina, but it turned out to be Anakin guiding them to safety.
4 Anakin Helped Ahsoka In The World Between Worlds
Although Anakin did not appear as a Force Ghost, his spirit helped Ahsoka Tano in the World Between Worlds following her near-death experience. Anakin used the World Between Worlds to take Ahsoka through her past, helping her understand what led Anakin to the dark side and how she could be better than he was. While Anakin's other Force Ghost appearances portrayed him as a beacon of light, Anakin showed his dark side while fighting Ahsoka, brandishing a red blade with his eyes turned yellow. It's interesting to consider whether Anakin's spirit still had darkness or whether he feigned aggression to help Ahsoka.
Related: Star Wars Explains What Anakin Was In The World Between Worlds
3 Anakin Unexpectedly Watched Ahsoka From Peridea
Anakin continued watching over his old Padawan after she left the World Between Worlds, looking at her and Sabine Wren after they became trapped on Peridea. He appeared sad but also proud of his former apprentice, knowing the challenge she now faced but confident that she had found her way. It was a beautiful moment that felt like a symbolic torch passing from Anakin to Ahsoka, serving as a silent goodbye between the two as they sense each other through the Force. However, it could foreshadow his next appearance in Ahsoka season 2 , especially if the Force Gods of Mortis are involved.
2 Anakin Saved Luke In Shadow Of The Sith
Luke saw his father again 17 after Return of the Jedi and 13 years before Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Anakin saved his life. Luke traveled to the plant Tython and used the seeing to stone to find Exegol, but during a vision, he was attacked by Sith spirits. Anakin manifested as a Force Ghost to protect his son, and though successful, the encounter left him exhausted. Other Star Wars tie-ins have hinted that the Sith knew how to trap Force Ghosts, so the experience on Tython may explain why Anakin's Force Ghost didn't return in the sequels .
1 Anakin Skywalker's Voice Is Heard In Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
Anakin's final appearance in the timeline was in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker among the Jedi voices calling to Rey on Exegol. He encouraged Rey to "Bring back the balance" as he did when he fulfilled the prophecy at the end of Return of the Jedi . After all the mistakes he made in life, Anakin was able to help the next generation through the Force alongside many Jedi who had once been his friends and allies. This may be the last moment that Anakin's Force Ghost appears in the Star Wars timeline, but it's always possible that his spirit will return to offer guidance to another generation of Jedi.
All episodes of Ahsoka are streaming now on Disney+.
- Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
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The Ghosts (also known as Monsters or Ghost Monsters ) are the main enemies of the Pac-Man series and have antagonized Pac-Man and all of Pac-Land in their appearances. The most notable ghosts are the four members of the Ghost Gang - Blinky , Pinky , Inky and Clyde - who have appeared throughout the series as both antagonists and protagonists.
Despite ghosts often being cruel and mischievous, some have been shown to be nice, but most have rejoiced in antagonizing Pac-Man. They have to be careful though, because Pac-Man has a chance of swallowing them whole, usually when a Power Pellet is obtained. They are spectral beings that dwell in Ghost Land and will sometimes travel to Pac-Land to cause havoc and mischief.
- 1.1 Weakness
- 2 Varieties
- 4 Other Notable Ghosts
- 5 In-Game Behavior
- 7.1 Group Pictures
- 7.2 Hanna-Barbera Stills
- 7.3 Ghostly Adventures Stills
Biology [ ]
Several varieties of Ghosts as seen in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures .
In the original games and cartoon, the Ghosts were originally portrayed as monsters that wore cloaks and are considered being tangible, as well as having feet that can only be seen visibly under their cloak. However, they had a few ghostly traits such as being able to levitate.
In the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures animated series and games, the Ghosts are portrayed as spectral ectoplasmic entities with the common ghostly traits of being semi-intangible, being able to levitate and can leave trails of ectoplasm on living beings. They also do not appear to have a very good diet, with much of their "food" appearing to be made up mostly of inedible and gross muck like garbage, worms, body parts and other unidentifiable substances and slimy goo, however, due to being spiritual entities without organs, these substances do no permanent harm to them. The fact that they have things such as sewers and sewage implies they still need to expel bodily waste products like Pac-People. Blinky has even admitted to passing gas on one occasion, which, sad to say, dramatically improved the smell of their food. With proper seasoning, their food can be made edible to Pac-People.
It appears that the majority of ghosts are former Pac-People, but usually bare no resemblance to their living selves, and apparently they come in a wide variety of colors and types apart from the usual standard ghostly appearance, with some appearing gigantic, cycloptic, octopus-like or etc, and it appears that they may be able to freely change between these forms depending on their moods and personalities, a likely benefit of no longer being restricted by physical forms. However, ghostly animals appear to still somewhat resemble their living animal forms unlike Ghostly Pac-People.
They mainly attack Pac-People by biting them despite many having no visible teeth, covering them in slime or eating them alive (according to the Atari 2600 manual of Pac-Man ).
Weakness [ ]
In the original games and cartoon, their main weakness is the Power Pellet, which can be eaten by almost any type of Pac-Being, such as Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man , Jr. Pac-Man , other Pac-People and Pac-Animals. When eaten, Pac-People posses the ability to eat them and it causes them to turn blue with fear. Once eaten, their empty bodies will return to a chamber in the center of a maze where Pac-Man has no access and return to their original forms to continue chasing him.
In the Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures animated series and games, Pac-Man is the only one capable of eating them due to his status as a "Yellow One" and can do so even without berries in certain games while in others it is required. Power Pellets have also been replaced with Power Berries which simply act as empowering items that can give Pac-Man unique abilities that can defeat Ghosts more easily, but are still not required for eating Ghosts.
Varieties [ ]
In Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures , Ghosts, especially the Ghosts of Pac-People, come in a wide variety of shapes and forms but the majority usually appear to resemble the most common appearance of ghosts with round heads and ghostly tails but with a wide assortment of colors.
- Alien Ghosts - a species of extraterrestrial ghosts that has a symbiotic relationship with Ghosteroids. they protect the ghosteroid and in return, the ghosteroid shelters them
- Aqua Ghosts - ghosts that can travel effectively in water
- Cyclops Ghosts - The second largest species of ghosts even dwarfing some monsters in the Netherworld.
- Drill Bit Ghosts - ghosts forced to be uses as the tip of huge drills.
- Fire Ghosts - a species of ghost that conjures fire. Lord Betrayus is the most notable one.
- Green Ghosts - ghosts that can attack with slime more effectively than others.
- Ghosteroids - The largest species of ghosts, they are a species of extraterrestrial ghosts that has a symbiotic relationship with Alien Ghosts, the Ghosteroid shelters the alien ghosts and in return, the alien ghosts protect it.
- Ghost Sharks - Ghosts of deceased Pac-Sharks. can also fly too.
- Guardian Ghosts - Royal guards of the Netherworld.
- Ice Ghosts - a species of ghost that conjures ice.
- Lightning Ghosts - a species of ghost that conjures electricity.
- Tentacle Ghosts - a ghost that resembles a squid and/or octopus.
- Vulnerable Ghosts - a form ghosts take when they start panicking.
Ghost Gang [ ]
The Ghost Gang as they appear in their standard designs: Blinky , Inky , Pinky , and Clyde .
The Ghost Gang refers to the original antagonists of the first Pac-Man game, who return in most of the other games in the Pac-Man series. The group is comprised of four ghosts named Blinky , Pinky , Inky , and Clyde . In some appearances, they are joined by a fifth member named Sue , who originated from Ms. Pac-Man in place of Clyde.
Their roles in the series have mostly varied; they were originally portrayed as villainous, but are friendly in some later appearances. However, most of their solo villainous efforts usually consist of them just teasing or chasing Pac-Man (and family), while in others they take on a more antagonistic role due to being ordered to do so by their superiors (e.g. Spooky or the Ghost Witch ). Nonetheless, it appears they usually antagonize others simply for the fun and joy of scaring and pranking them, rather than genuine hate or malicious intent.
Throughout the series, the roles and names of Blinky and Clyde are often mixed up; this has been commonly referred to by fans as the Clyde and Blinky error .
- Character: Bad-tempered, crude, bossy, bully, fast, bratty, grouchy, dangerous, mean, sarcastic, greedy, mostly aggressive, he's the responsible leader of the four and the arch-nemesis of Pac-Man .
- Color: Cyan (or sometimes blue)
- Character: Goofy, shy, unpredictable, wacky, shattered-brained, a little reckless, dizzy, can also sometimes chase Pac-Man aggressively like Blinky.
- Color: Pink (or sometimes magenta)
- Character: Mischievous, persistent, tricky, cute, adorable, beautiful, happy, lovely, has a big crush on Pac-Man from time to time. In the original arcade game, she's the only female ghost.
- Color: Orange
- Character: Cowardly, lazy, stupid, brainless, hopeless, seemingly dumb, but may be smarter than he lets on and doesn't really care about chasing Pac-Man . He always distracts himself.
- Color: Purple (originally orange in Ms. Pac-Man )
- Character: Annoying, Powerful, Slow.
Other Notable Ghosts [ ]
Throughout the many spin-offs of Pac-Man , other ghosts have been added.
- Fairy-Ghost Mother
- Miru (Pac & Pal, 1983)
- Kinky , when fusing with members of the original Ghost Gang, transform into various Kinky Mutation (Pac-Man Arrangement,1996)
- Miscellaneous Ghosts
- Wandy (Pac-Man All-Stars, 2002)
- Ghost House
- Ghost Shield
- Golvis (Pac 'n Roll, 2005)
- Spectral Monsters (Pac-Man World 3, 2005)
- Captain Banshee
- The Creepies
- Dr. Buttocks
- Glitchy (Pac-Man 256, 2015)
- Punky (The Sandbox Evolution, 2017)
- Winky (Pac-Man Pop!, 2017)
- Creepy (Minecraft, 2011)
- Bash (Sonic Dash, 2018)
In-Game Behavior [ ]
Ghosts are limited by not being able to turn unless they reach an intersection. Each ghost will behave differently once it has reached an intersection. Some will move randomly, while others focus on chasing Pac-Man or ambushing him. Other times, the ghosts will revert to scatter mode where they try to spread themselves among the four corners of the maze.
- The Pac-Man ghosts were originally known as, and were intended to be, monsters . They were renamed to ghosts later on; this was mainly popularized by the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man .
- Pac-Man series creator, Toru Iwatani , has cited that Obake no Q-Tarō ("Little Ghost Q-Taro") was a source of inspiration for the Pac-Man ghosts.
Gallery [ ]
Group pictures [ ].
Hanna-Barbera Stills [ ]
Ghostly Adventures Stills [ ]
See also [ ]
- Spectral Monsters
The Man in the Mist
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The Man in the Mist is a short story written by Agatha Christie which was first published in The Sketch in December 1924. It was the 11th of a series of stories for the Sketch under the banner "Tommy and Tuppence" which formed a loosely contiguous story arc. This story was subsequently compiled as part of the collection Partners in Crime which came out in both the U.K. and the U.S. in 1929. The stories in the story arc are resequenced in the collection. In U.K. editions, this story is chapter 9 (the 7th story). In U.S. editions, this story spans chapters 11 and 12.
In Partners in Crime , the story is preceded by Blindman's Buff and followed by The Crackler .
- 2 Plot summary
- 3 Characters
- 4 Parody of a fictional detective
- 5.1 Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime
- 6 Publication history
- 7 References
Synopsis [ ]
An actress asks the Beresfords to help her because her life is at risk but she is killed before they get to her.
Plot summary [ ]
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Tommy and Tuppence have had a setback in that they have failed to solve their latest case which involves a stolen pearl necklace. Instead, the local police inspector had managed to apprehend the culprit. Having withdrawn to lick their wounds with cocktails in a hotel, they meet an old acquaintance, Mervyn Estcourt – known as "Bulger" – who is in the company of the famous actress Gilda Glen, a woman who is renowned for her beauty and rumoured for her lack of intelligence. Miss Glen seems puzzled by Tommy's Father Brown disguise and Tommy ambiguously confirms his detective credentials. Getting directions from Bulger as to the way back to the station they are told to walk down Morgan's Avenue . Miss Glen seems startled by this advice and Bulger laughs at her belief in a local tale that the road in question is haunted by the ghost of a policeman who was killed and yet still walks his spectral beat. Miss Glen leaves hurriedly at this point. Bulger tells them that she is engaged to marry Lord Leconbury who they have just seen meeting the actress outside the door to the hotel. Bulger himself leaves soon afterwards and it is then that Tommy receives a note from Miss Glen asking for his help and for him to call on her at The White House , Morgan's Avenue at 6.10 p.m.
Their discussion as to what this could mean is interrupted when a shabbily dressed and aggressive young man bursts into the hotel. Sitting near Tommy and Tuppence he tells them that his name is James Reilly, he is a pacifist poet enamoured of Gilda, who once cared for him but no longer after her engagement to Lord Leconbury. Still angry he leaves as suddenly as he arrived. Tommy and Tuppence make their way to Morgan's Avenue. There is a thick fog in the air and Tuppence is startled when a policeman looms up out of the mist just near to the White House. Recovering herself, they see Reilly enter the house and the policeman confirms it is the residence of a Mrs. Honeycott and he saw someone who resembles Miss Glen enter there a few minutes before.
About to enter the house, they hear a muffled cry and Reilly runs out of the house, leaving what looks like red paint on his hand on a gatepost as he does so. The two go into the house and meet Ellen, the maid who is indignant about the visit by Reilly and then they meet Mrs. Honeycott herself. Mistaking Tommy for a real priest she asks for his help with Gilda who she reveals is her sister. Some twenty years before, at the age of seventeen, she married a man against the wishes of her family and now wants a divorce to marry Lord Leconbury. Her husband is refusing to grant her this wish, although the marriage took place so long ago that Mrs. Honeycott can't remember his name. She confirms that it wasn't Reilly who she saw rush upstairs and as quickly down again. Nervous as to what might have happened, Tommy asks to be shown upstairs where they find Gilda's body, her head smashed in on one side by some unknown blunt instrument. Tuppence fetches the policeman from outside and it is confirmed by questioning that Mrs. Honeycott heard her sister entering the house at eight minutes past six as she was re-setting the main clock. This confirms with the time that the policeman himself saw the actress enter, just before Tommy and Tuppence walked up Morgan's Avenue.
The next day, Reilly has been arrested and Tommy and Tuppence meet with the accused man's solicitor, Mr. Marvell. Reilly insists that the woman was already dead when he entered her room but as there was no one else in the house at the time that would mean either Ellen or Mrs. Honeycott killed her. Tommy suddenly realises no one inside the house actually saw Gilda enter – they only heard her – but prior to that the two women already in the house were in the kitchen, where they couldn't see or hear anyone with a key entering. Just because they heard the door banging, it doesn't prove anything – it could just as easily have been someone leaving the house – like the policeman outside who loomed up out of the fog by the gate and carries a truncheon, which would serve as the blunt instrument needed to carry out the deed, especially if the policeman happened to be Gilda's long-ago husband.
Characters [ ]
- Tommy Beresford
- Tuppence Beresford
- Mervyn “Bulger” Estcourt
- Lord Leconbury
- James Reilly
- Mrs Honeycott
- Policeman on beat on Morgan Street
Parody of a fictional detective [ ]
This is in the style of G. K. Chesterton 's Father Brown stories. Tommy even puts on a priest's costume at one point.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations [ ]
Agatha christie's partners in crime [ ].
An adaptation was produced as episode 8 of London Weekend Television's series Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime . The episode was first broadcast on 18 Dec 1983.
Publication history [ ]
- 1924: The Sketch , Issue 1662, Illustrated London News Company (London), 3 December 1924. 
- 1929: Partners in Crime , Dodd Mead and Company (New York), 1929, Hardcover, 277 pp.
- 1929: Partners in Crime , William Collins and Sons (London), September 16, 1929, Hardcover, 256 pp.
- 1943: Triple Threat , Dodd Mead and Company (New York), 1943, omnibus comprising Poirot Investigates , The Mysterious Mr. Quin and Partners in Crime ), Hardcover.
- 1961: Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine , vol. 38 no. 3, whole no. 214, September 1961.
- 1961: Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (Australia) , no. 173, September 1961.
- 2022: A Deadly Affair . HarperCollins, January 2022. Paperback, 272 pp; ISBN 978-0063142343
References [ ]
- ↑ See this listing at Galactic Central
- 1 Hercule Poirot
- 2 The Murder at the Vicarage (Agatha Christie's Marple episode)
- 3 Monsieur Bouc
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Ava Starr is the daughter of Elihas and Catherine Starr , who gained the ability to render herself intangible and generate extreme amounts of power following a quantum accident which killed her parents. At a young age, S.H.I.E.L.D. began taking advantage of her powers, enlisting her as a stealth operative under the moniker of Ghost prior to HYDRA 's uprising . Under Bill Foster 's care, Starr realized that she was slowly dying due to a lack of quantum energy, which she involuntarily harnessed.
Within weeks of succumbing to her disease without a cure, Starr learned that a Quantum Tunnel had been created by Hank Pym and embedded into a portable lab. Her plans to absorb energy from the Quantum Realm conflicted with Pym's plans to rescue Janet van Dyne , whose survival in the Quantum Realm relied directly on the energy Starr sought to extract. Starr began making attempts to steal the lab by force, putting her in conflict with Ant-Man and Wasp . Upon her return, Janet transferred some of her quantum energy into Starr, temporarily stabilizing her affliction. With her pain lessened, she went into hiding with Foster.
- 1.1.1 Losing her Family
- 1.1.2 Joining S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 1.2.1 Clashing with the Pyms
- 1.2.2 Taking Hostages
- 1.2.3 Losing Time
- 1.2.4 Taking Back the Lab
- 1.2.5 Chase for the Laboratory
- 1.2.6 Getting the Cure
- 1.2.7 Moving Away
- 1.2.8 DNA Acquired
- 2 Personality
- 3.2 Abilities
- 4 Equipment
- 5 Facilities
- 6.3 Enemies
- 8 Behind the Scenes
- 9 References
- 10 External Links
Biography [ ]
Early life [ ], losing her family [ ].
Starr is found with her deceased parents
As a child, Ava Starr grew up in Argentina as the daughter of Catherine and Elihas Starr . Starr witnessed the fallout of her father's partnership with Hank Pym , who kicked him out of S.H.I.E.L.D. and smeared his name within the scientific community. Embittered, Elihas continued to research quantum energy on his own, despite the risks. When an experiment involving the Quantum Tunnel went wrong, Starr tried to run to her father to ensure he didn't die alone, but the tunnel ruptured before she reached him, killing her parents and inundating her with quantum energy.
Starr is adopted by Bill Foster
When the Fire Department arrived, they were unable to touch Starr as she had become intangible from the accident. Starr was placed in an orphanage and later met her father's ex-colleague Bill Foster , who gave her a teddy bear. Although she was upset for her inability to hold the toy, Foster encouraged Starr to focus her powers, eventually allowing her to solidify and pick it up. Foster promised to find a way to cure her condition and began to act as a surrogate father to Starr, developing the quantum chamber to allow her to briefly stabilize and ease her pain. 
Joining S.H.I.E.L.D. [ ]
Starr is fit with the newest Ghost Suit
Observing the potential asset her powers could become, S.H.I.E.L.D. took Starr and began to train her in espionage so that she could go on missions to take down threats that proved too difficult for conventional operatives. They developed the Ghost Suit for her to harness her abilities, granting her the option to slip between intangible and solid states, and promised to help find a way to cure her.
Ghost appearing during one of her missions
Over the course of her time in the field, as well as the prolonged suffering caused by her quantum displacement, Starr became hardened and extremely vicious, eventually realizing that S.H.I.E.L.D. had no intention of finding a cure. When S.H.I.E.L.D. collapsed , Starr was taken back in by Bill Foster , who began to assist her in researching a cure as her condition started to deteriorate. 
Finding a Cure [ ]
Clashing with the pyms [ ].
Ghost follows the Wasp at the restaurant
Starr observed Hank Pym who shrunk the Mobile Laboratory and left with Hope van Dyne and Scott Lang . Starr suddenly materialized a short distance away, tracking their van to Sonny Burch 's restaurant, Oui . After Burch attempted to double-cross van Dyne, Starr waited until van Dyne, in her Wasp Suit , had defeated Burch's mercenaries and taken the final component.
Ghost closely confronts and fights the Wasp
Ghost appeared in front of Wasp and engaged with her in a duel for the ownership of the Mobile Laboratory, loosening her grasp of it until she was punched in the face once Wasp turned small. After phasing out from Wasp's attack, Ghost disappeared from the conflict and waited for the opportunity to distract her and grabbed her body to slam it on a table. As Wasp grabbed the lab and tried to attack Ghost with a service table, she phased through it without a flinch.
Ghost gains the upper hand against Wasp
Ghost then attacked Wasp by punching her in the face, knocking the Mobile Laboratory out of her hold. Despite gaining an upper hand on van Dyne, Ghost's plans were thwarted when Lang, in the Ant-Man Suit , arrived, being stopped at the moment when she pinned Wasp against the wall. Ghost was kicked to the ground by Ant-Man, causing her to disappear again. Once the two managed to defeat her, Ghost came up with a plan to confront Pym somewhere he was contacting them.
Ghost threatens Pym to give up the lab
Going outside of the restaurant while Ant-Man and Wasp tried to communicate with Pym, Ghost managed to find Pym inside his van and phased through his throat with her arm. Threatening Pym with his life, Ghost coerced him to give up the Mobile Laboratory, resulting in it being handed to her. She then fled the van before Ant-Man and Wasp could intervene.
Ghost arrives at her hideout with the lab
Arriving at her hideout , Starr walked inside the guestroom with the Mobile Laboratory and the component and placed them on a desk. Taking off her suit so that she could breathe, Starr placed her suit down and slowly walked over to her Quantum Energy Chamber to temporarily stabilize herself. Once Starr was inside the Chamber, she rested on her bed and tried to relax while her molecules were put into place. 
Taking Hostages [ ]
Starr rests inside the Quantum Chamber
While Starr was recovering inside the Quantum Energy Chamber , Hank Pym had successfully tracked down the Mobile Laboratory using re-engineered tech from an earlier Ant-Man Suit and sent Wasp and Ant-Man there to retrieve it. While they were able to enter the building and locate the lab, Starr woke up from her rest and quietly snuck up on them.
Starr introduces herself to Scott Lang
Starr went behind the Wasp's back and knocked her out with a punch in the head and kicked Ant-Man's face, causing them to lose consciousness. Starr then began to put them in restrains while they were sitting in a chair for interrogation. When Lang regained consciousness, he tried to wake up van Dyne and Pym, who were beside him. Starr quickly appeared in front of Lang, telling him that they can't hear him.
Starr intently reaches for Scott Lang 's face
Starr introduced herself to Lang, and was asked if she uses the Suit to go through things, responding to him that it only helps her control her powers and the pain she felt while doing so. As Lang expressed his fear of her by questioning if she'll rip his heart out from his chest, Starr laughed at his fear and told him that she'll never hurt him unless she has to, noting she wants something that is in his head instead.
Starr threatens Pym for his past actions
After touching Lang's face and triggering her powers again, Starr decided to wake up the rest of the captives, kicking them to wake them. When Wasp threatened Starr to never touch her father, she expressed that she was a little too gentle with him. Once Bill Foster clarified who Starr was, van Dyne wanted to know what was going on, leading Starr to tell Pym that her father, Elihas worked with Pym until their disagreement had gotten him fired.
Ghost explains the truth of her own past
Starr further mentioned that her father was discredited for good measure once he was fired from his research on quantum energy. Starr continued that her father was doing his research while taking risk until something went wrong. Starr told them that his research had killed him and her mother, Catherine but survived from the explosion that resulted in her powers emerging. Starr noted that she was adopted by Foster and was taken in by S.H.I.E.L.D. as an assassin.
Starr declares she wants to cure herself
Foster told them that once S.H.I.E.L.D. had collapsed, he took Starr to his home and noticed that her condition had progressed even further. As Foster explained that Starr needed a cure, he was told that she noticed Pym was building a Quantum Tunnel and knew about the psionic link that Lang shared with Janet van Dyne in order to track her down in the quantum realm and extract her quantum energy to permanently fix her displacement.
Starr tells Hank Pym to do what she says
After Foster gave Lang his call for his daughter , Foster continued on by telling them that he'll be extracting Janet's quantum energy that she was absorbing for thirty years and give it to Starr for her survival. Pym refused to cooperate with Foster because of the potential that Janet would die during the extraction. Starr bitterly retorted by telling him that he'll do as she says, walking over with Foster as he took the component.
Starr sees her captives escape the Hideout
As they were about to leave, Pym feigned a heart attack to trick Foster into opening the Altoids tin, leading him to grab the tin and give it to Pym. Getting suspicious over Pym, Starr notice that it was a trap and told Foster to not open it. The tin released a group of enlarged Ants , allowing van Dyne and Lang to escape with the lab. Starr was then attacked by van Dyne with her Stingers , watching the rest of the captives flee the room as she ached in pain. 
Losing Time [ ]
Starr asks Bill Foster the time she has
With Hank Pym , Wasp , and Ant-Man taking back the Mobile Laboratory and the component, Starr witnessed Bill Foster checking the Quantum Energy Chamber and told her that it can barely help her temporarily restore her molecules. On that note, Starr asked how long does she have, in which Foster theorized that it could be a couple of weeks.
Starr agrees to find another option
Starr demanded that they need to get that lab, using Lang's daughter another victim to kidnap in order to give up the lab for themselves. Foster told Starr to not resort to that, noting that he would not participate in that kind of behavior. Starr responded to him that he is not the one who is being tore apart from her condition and told him that he kept his promised to fix her. Foster told Starr he will help her but go on a path of using violence to get it.
Ghost sneaks into the X-Con Security Office
Knowing that Foster won't be fixing her if she lays a hand on Lang's daughter, Starr declares that she will find another option. Finding another to track down the lab, Starr spied on Sonny Burch and his men, who were going to X-Con Security Consultants . Starr then snuck on the group where Luis had told Burch where Lang was at trick spot in emotional level. Burch interrogated Luis on where was Lang literally speaking, being told that he was at the woods.
Ghost interrogates Luis about Ant-Man
Starr made herself appeared in front of Luis, now knowing that Lang is in the woods with the lab. Starr leaned in closely to ask Luis where in the woods, to which he answered that it was specifically Muir Woods . Now with the knowledge of the Mobile Laboratory, Starr then left the room and quickly phase out of thin air. Starr went outside of the office and purposely damaged Burch's car to slow him down and quickly headed for the lab. 
Taking Back the Lab [ ]
Ghost aggressively attacks Agent Stoltz
After Hank Pym and Hope van Dyne were arrested by the FBI in Muir Woods , Ghost followed Agent Stoltz as he took the Mobile Laboratory inside a van. Ghost watched Stoltz walking to his trunk of his car to put the lab inside, only for her to puncture his heart. Ghost took the lab after she attacked Stoltz, leading the FBI to be suspicious.
Starr demands to continue the process
Starr arrived inside the Laboratory and had Bill Foster operate the Quantum Energy Chamber by using the Tunnel to extract the energy from it. After they had begun the extraction process, Starr was told by Foster that it could be dangerous. Starr responded to Foster that she had days to live and that they would be performing the process regardless. Just as Foster began to turn on the Tunnel, a group of Ants had stopped their machine, causing them to realizing Hank Pym 's interference.
Ghost sneaks up on Ant-Man for an attack
Once Starr looked below the army of Ants on the control panel, she told Foster that they couldn't be that far ahead from the lab. Picking up her helmet and walking out of the lab, Ghost found a streak of Ants from an abandoned building. Ghost snuck up behind Ant-Man , who had previously freed Pym and Wasp from the San Francisco FBI Office , smashing his face on a glass window and kicking him across the wall to the other side of the room.
Ghost chases Ant-Man inside of a building
As Ant-Man got up to grow smaller, Ghost walked toward to his direction and told him to call off the Ants that were invading their plans. Once Ant-Man realized his suit wasn't working properly, Ghost began to chase down him at a walking pace, passing through walls as he tried to escape her surroundings. While Ant-Man had temporarily lost Ghost and tried to contact his team to hurry up on the plan, she found him hiding near a wall and began to chase him down again. Ghost finally tracked down Ant-Man, passing through a table.
Ghost is tricked by Ant-Man and his crew
Ghost snuck up in front of Ant-Man while he was reporting his team, aggressively kicking toward a wall. Ghost was about to attack Ant-Man but had noticed the lab had shrunk down into a small size again. Looking at Luis giving the Mobile Laboratory to the Wasp, Ghost was quickly outraged at her supposed trap. Ant-Man told Ghost that misdirection was the first rule of close-up magic , turning small again in order to leave the area. 
Chase for the Laboratory [ ]
Ghost chases down Ant-Man and the Wasp
A three-sided car chase then took place between Wasp and Sonny Burch 's men across the streets of San Francisco . Ghost managed to chase down the cars that were following down the streets and used her phasing powers to move across a random woman's car, kicking Burch's men in that face so that she could hijack his motorcycle.
Ghost chases Ant-Man and Wasp
During her drive-by with her motorcycle, Starr had managed to track down Ant-Man and Wasp's van and began to drop her motorcycle to sneak up front of the van. Ghost went through the car window and kicked Wasp away from the back of the van, letting her out of the van before she shrunk down. Ghost tied Luis and Ant-Man with their seat belts and got the Mobile Laboratory from them, escaping the van to hijack a nearby truck with a wooden plank. Ghost drove the truck with the lab in hand and tried to get over to her rendezvous point.
Ghost fights Wasp while driving the truck
Wasp suddenly tracked down Ghost and began to fight against her for the lab until Ant-Man had to interfere in the conflict. Ghost noticed Ant-Man clinging onto the windshield wiper and began to turn it on in order to lose him. Wasp leans in for the punch but Ghost phases out to dodge and then grabs Wasp on the drivers seat, hoping to strangle her out. Wasp got out of Ghost's grasp and as they continued to fight, Ant-Man enlarges himself and punched Ghost in the face.
Ghost confronts Wasp for the Mobile Lab
Ghost was slightly knocked out from the attack and in that moment, Wasp took the lab and flew away behind the truck. Ghost took off her helmet and phased through the driver's seat and landed onto the wooden platform on the truck. Before the both of them could fight against each other, Burch and his mercenary had bumped into the truck, letting the lab go onto the hands Burch once again. Ghost flew out of the truck and landed on the ground.
Ghost suddenly loses the Mobile Laboratory
While on the ground, Ghost witnessed Burch and his henchman driving away to another direction and followed them along the way. Eventually, after Ant-Man took the lab from Burch and struggled to breathe, he dropped the lab on the nearby pier. While Luis planned on getting the lab, Ghost kicked away from it and used the remote she stole from him to make it normal size again, entering the building as fast as possible. 
Getting the Cure [ ]
Starr tells Bill Foster to begin her process
As Hank Pym was preparing to return to the real world with Janet van Dyne , Starr began her process of extracting energy to repair her body. Foster followed Starr and warned her that Janet will die if she continues the extraction. Starr ignored Foster's statement, as she thought he cares more about Janet than about her.
Starr turns on the Quantum Chamber
While Starr reached for the control panel, Foster promised that Janet would be able to help her, leading her to push him away aggressively. Starr told Foster that this is the way and turned on the Quantum Tunnel in order power the Energy Chamber . Starr walked inside the Chamber as she began to become whole again, much to her delight. Ant-Man and Wasp walked inside the lab and stopped her from using the Tunnel to power the Chamber.
Ghost furiously fighting against Ant-Man
Starr noticed what they were doing and began to interfere with their plans to stop her. Starr attacked Ant-Man with full force but her punches couldn't land on him until he grew small enough that she kicked him across the room. Starr saw Wasp near the control panel and began to attack her, phasing out of her Stingers that she was blasting onto her. Starr attacked her with her punches and kicks but was caught off guard once Ant-Man had teamed up with Wasp.
Ghost is defeated by Ant-Man and the Wasp
Starr was kicked into the ground but attacked back once Wasp tried to knock her out and proceeded to kick Ant-Man in the face. Noticing Wasp on the trail of the Tunnel, Starr walked over to her and finally tried to kill her only to be run over by the Quantum Vehicle , flying across the room. Once Starr was stopped by Lang and van Dyne and kept at bay until Pym and Janet were able to successfully return from the Quantum Realm, Starr recovered from the injury.
Starr is healed by Janet van Dyne 's powers
By then, Starr's body was beginning to fall apart completely; however, Janet calmed her down and told her that she felt her pain. Starr expressed to Janet that her condition hurts and always had. Janet apologized for her sickness and told Starr that she can fix it. Janet transferred a portion of quantum energy into her, making Starr feel whole again and letting her touch Janet's hand. Luis then burst inside the lab and warned them that the Police were coming. 
Moving Away [ ]
Ghost quickly leaves the Mobile Laboratory
Afterwards, Ghost proceeded to escape the lab with Scott Lang , Bill Foster , Hank Pym , Janet , and Hope with a plan to distract the FBI from their path to not get them all arrested. Once they had succeeded on the plan, Starr and Foster escaped the scene and into an alleyway in order to avoid getting arrested.
Starr leaves the city with Bill Foster 's help
On the alleyway with help of Foster on her side, Starr told him to leave her there but he insists on making it on a different location. Starr justifies by telling him that she hurt people like he said but Foster responded that he wouldn't abandon her. With a bleak smile, Starr hugged Foster with open arms.  Starr kept in contact with the Pym's and Lang, as they were to help receive quantum energy. However, the team turned into dust and were absent to help her for the next five years. 
DNA Acquired [ ]
By 2023 , Ghost's DNA had been acquired by her former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury , who placed her DNA alongside many other enhanced individuals in a vial known as the Harvest . The Harvest vial was then administered by the Super-Skrulls Gravik and G'iah , bestowing both of them with Ghost's powers. 
Personality [ ]
Ava Starr has been trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. to become an elite and ruthless stealth operative tasked with infiltrating and eliminating criminal organizations, terrorist cells, and other threats. She holds a grudge against Hank Pym for expelling and discrediting her father, inadvertently leading to the accident that killed him and his wife as well as afflicting her with molecular disequilibrium.
Due to the years of chronic pain Starr experienced as a result of this, she was desperate enough to do anything to permanently fix her condition, especially when she learned that she had only a few weeks to live. Starr's limited time to live, chronic pain, and desperate need to survive pushed her to act with extreme aggression and impatience. She was planning to extract Janet van Dyne 's quantum energy despite the fact the process could potentially kill Janet and even considered kidnapping Cassie Lang as leverage to force Scott Lang to give her the Mobile Laboratory . Starr was unwilling to hear pleas of more peaceful yet uncertain means of curing her condition, as she was acutely aware of her limited lifespan. Having been promised a cure by S.H.I.E.L.D. that was not delivered made Starr distrustful of anyone who urged patience and vague plans for a cure to her condition. Although she shares a somewhat familial bond with Bill Foster , who assisted her in attempting to find a cure, she violently threw him aside when he tried to stop the quantum energy extraction.
Despite Starr's brutal exterior, she was not a heartless person by nature. While Starr's condition and imminent death caused her to act ruthlessly to survive, she still has a sense of morality, feeling shame for her actions as an assassin of S.H.I.E.L.D. due to the fact that the organization never had any intention of finding a cure and all she did for them did nothing to help her, showing she is able to feel remorse for committing actions that were not beneficial in her attempt to cure her condition. Starr has also proven to be capable of showing compassion and regard for others' well-being, particularly to those close to her. This is best exemplified when she urges Foster to abandon her, warning him that he will also be pursued by the authorities if he continues to act as her caretaker. Also, despite what the Pym family's actions caused her, Starr was willing to accept help from them and seems to be on much better terms with them after Janet returns and they begin extracting quantum energy to gradually cure her quantum illness.
Powers and Abilities [ ]
- Enhanced Strength : Starr is able to amplify the amount of force behind her attacks while phasing, as a single kick was able to launch Ant-Man through several walls. She played Wasp , with brute force on the street, and able to fling Bill Foster to the other side of a room for attempting to prevent the opening of the Quantum Tunnel .
- Enhanced Durability : Due to her condition, her body is tougher than that of an ordinary human, being able to withstand numerous injuries including blows from Ant-Man and the Wasp , mainly from the Giant-Man, and later she both received a bullet from the Wasp's gauntlet and being run over by Pym's quantum vehicle and flinging her to the other side of the lab leaving her alone with her leg limp.
Ghost phasing in motion
- Invisibility : Starr is able to pass in and out of the visible spectrum. She first used this power to spy on Hank Pym after they shrunk the Mobile Laboratory and fled. In fights, she was shown vanishing, then reappearing to launch a surprise attack against Wasp during the skirmish inside of Oui , and also appeared in the midst of Sonny Burch 's interrogation to find out where the lab was from Luis . Starr turned invisible by stealing the remote control from Luis' office .
Abilities [ ]
Ghost fighting against Ant-Man
- Expert Acrobat : Starr is a highly trained acrobat, allowing her to vault over a car with ease. She incorporates this and also gymnastics into her fighting style to battle opponents.
- Master Spy : Starr was trained by S.H.I.E.L.D. , as a secret agent, she put an end to many criminal organizations, terrorists, and other threats that proved too difficult for conventional agents.
- Master Assassin : Starr was taken by S.H.I.E.L.D. and was forced to become a very skilled assassin in order to do S.H.I.E.L.D.'s bidding. Over her time with the agency, she racked up many kills, becoming one of their best assassins.
Equipment [ ]
- Ghost Suit : A full-body suit that was designed by S.H.I.E.L.D. to help her better control her powers. The suit allowed Starr to selectively phase through matter at will, allowing her to rapidly switch between intangibility and tangibility for both stealth and offensive purposes.
- Quantum Energy Chamber : Created by Bill Foster , the chamber releases waves of quantum energy which temporarily stabilize Starr's disequilibrium.
Facilities [ ]
- Ghost's Hideout : Ghost used a hideout, which used to be her mansion, to keep herself stable in a Quantum Energy Chamber . Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne infiltrated the hideout, so she captured them and Hank Pym , explaining her past with S.H.I.E.L.D. to them. However, they tricked Bill Foster into replacing giant ants , allowing them to escape.
- Oui : Ghost attacked the Oui during a battle between Wasp and Sonny Burch 's crew. She stole a device from Wasp and left the restaurant.
- X-Con Security Consultants Office : Ghost hid in X-Con Security Consultants ' office while Sonny Burch and his crew interrogated the company's owners, and Luis revealed the location of the Mobile Laboratory .
- Mobile Laboratory : Ghost and Bill Foster took control of Hank Pym 's mobile laboratory and attempted to use Pym's Quantum Tunnel to stabilize Ghost. However, Pym entered the tunnel instead while Ghost fought Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne . When Pym returned with Janet van Dyne , Janet cured Ghost of her lack of stability.
Relationships [ ]
- In the comics, Ghost was an unnamed male anticapitalist saboteur and created a battle suit that allowed himself or any object he touched to be invisible or intangible. In some universes, Ghost is also an Inhuman .
- Ghost is the fourth character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be depicted as a different gender from their counterpart in the comics, following Jeri Hogarth , the Ancient One , and Fenris .
- Ghost is the second female main antagonist in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, the first being Hela .
Behind the Scenes [ ]
- Ghost's first name was originally listed as Dawn .
- Stephen Broussard states that Ghost is: "a villain whose main objective is to rid herself of the very thing that makes her a threat. I thought that was really interesting and sort of an emotional core that we really haven’t explored. People seemed to respond to the idea of not a supervillain that had to take over the world. We knew we were coming off the heels of Infinity War and you can’t get bigger than that in terms of epic score, so we zigged where they zagged kind of on purpose." 
- Tamiko Brownlee was a stunt double for Hannah John-Kamen in the role of Ghost.
- Eli Logue was a stand-in for Hannah John-Kamen in the role of Ghost.
References [ ]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Ant-Man and the Wasp
- ↑ D23 Expo 2022: Marvel Studios' 'Thunderbolts’ Casting Announced
- ↑ Ant-Man and the Wasp Mid-credits Scene
- ↑ Secret Invasion: 1.06: Home
- ↑ ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ Producer Stephen Broussard On The Film’s Non-Traditional Antagonists
External Links [ ]
- 1 He Who Remains
- 2 Ravonna Renslayer
- 3 Sylvie Laufeydottir
The Different Types Of Ghosts That Could Be Haunting You
Types Of Ghosts :
Type: The Poltergeist
Description: Poltergeists are ‘noisy ghosts.’ They have the ability to manipulate the physical environment. They can open windows and drawers. They can move chairs and push books off shelves. They can turn on bathtubs and turn off lights. They can slam doors and even start fires.
Poltergeist activity usually starts off mildly, causing occurrences that people mistake as coincidences. However, as time passes, the activity will intensify. Sometimes the poltergeist will leave on its own, but other times it will end with deadly consequences.
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Type: The Interactive Personality
Description: These are the most common ghosts. They are loved ones who are returning to bring you comfort or to convey important information they believe you should know. These ghosts can emit a scent like perfume or cigarette smoke in order to help you sense their presence. They can also make noises and might even speak to you.
Interactive personalities retain the same personality that they had when they were alive and can still experience emotions. These ghosts are friendly and return because they know you need to see them again, they know you need their help.
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Description: Orbs are the most common type of photographic evidence to support the existence of ghosts. They are either blue or white translucent balls of light that appear hovering over the ground in pictures.
Orbs are the soul of a human or animal that is traveling from one place to another. They appear as circles because they shape makes it easier for them to get around. However, the longer they exist in our world, the easier they can transform into a full-bodies apparition.
Type: Funnel Ghosts
Description: These ghosts are loved ones returning to visit. They most frequently appear in old historical buildings or inside of private homes where they once lived.
Funnel Ghosts cause cold spots and when they are visibly seen they look like a swirling funnel. They can also be caught in photographs as a spiral of light.
Types: Ectoplasm / Ecto-Mist
Description: These ghosts appear several feet off the ground. They take the shape of a swirling mass of mist in either white, grey, or black. They can move quickly, but they can also choose to remain in place and orbit. They appear outdoors, in graveyards, in battlefields, and at historical sites.
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Type: Demonic Possessed Human Entity
Description: When an evil spirit infiltrates a living person, it controls their conscious energy. Since they are inhabiting a physical body, these ghosts have a greater strength than the rest. They can move objects, hurt people, and kill as they please. They are as dangerous as demons.
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Description: These are powerful, supernatural beings. They can invade homes, attach themselves to objects, and inflict mental and physical torture. These ghosts can morph into any shape. However, they are most commonly witnessed as black masses standing in doorways.
It is common for multiple demons to exist in the same location, because of energies that are blocking them from crossing over. These ghosts should never be challenged because they are capable of killing.
Type: Shadow People
Description: You can spot these ghosts out of the corner of your eye, but as soon as you turn to look at them, they will usually vanish.
If you happen to see them face-to-face, you will notice an extremely dark void. A silhouette of a person. They could be wearing a hood or a cloak. Soon after you spot them, they can retreat into corners, through walls, into closets, and into televisions. They could even fade into the darkness of night.
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Type: Crowd Demon
Description: These ghosts are attracted to crowds. They only show up in locations that are occupied by large groups of people. When they are photographed, they take the form of distorted shapes.
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Type: Animal Ghosts
Description: Although they can appear as full-body apparitions, animal ghosts are commonly heard rather than seen. They might scratch on the doors or on walls, make scraping sounds against the floor, whine, or bark.
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Type: Inanimate Ghosts
Description: These ghosts are embodied by objects rather than people. They can take the form of ships, cars, trains, or even lamps. These ghosts create residual hauntings, which means there is no interaction between you and the ghost.
What you are seeing is only a playback of events that have already occurred. The event is imprinted in the area because of its significance. You are not in any danger, because you are not actually witnessing a ghost, you are only witnessing leftover energy.
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Description: These ghosts can project themselves in multiple places at once so that there are multiple beings that look exactly the same. They can even mimic the look of someone who is still living, which is why you might swear you have seen a loved one when they were in a completely different location.
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Description: These are angry ghosts who wander. They are associated with darkness, doom, and misfortune. The reason they are so malevolent is because they had their life cut short and did not have a proper burial. They might not have had family to mourn them, either.
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Type: Artificial ghosts
Description: These ghosts are created from storytellers. When a group of people get together and put a name to a ghost, their spiritual energies can manifest that ghost into creation. This is the rarest type of ghost.
The mystery starts when Eva sees a car outside with the headlights and taillights flashing without the engine running or the car alarm going off — and no one in the car. Then her cat starts behaving strangely. In certain parts of the house, it would make a creepy gurgling sound, which made Eva wonder whether there was a ghost in the house. But as time went by, it got even stranger.
Shortly after Connor Franta moved into his new house, weird things started happening. Windows opened on their own (two nights in a row in two separate areas). Then, a voice activated device called Google Home went off in the middle of the night while he was sound asleep.
Gabbie believes in ghosts. She has a history of being haunted. That is why she was freaked out when she watched back a video of her and a friend (with the same name) and heard a strange voice whisper Gabbie in the background.
When Colleen invites a psychic medium to talk to ghosts in her home, the camera loses focus, which suggests paranormal activity. Then the psychic tries to get in touch with a family member who passed away and presents information that causes tears.
Shane Dawson is known for his conspiracy theories. Lately, he has been visiting haunted sights like The Stanley Hotel, which Stephen King based the Shining off. When he visits The Queen Mary, a haunted ghost ship, he hears a mysterious tapping coming from the closet. He also takes pictures that are filled with strange orbs, which could be the soul of a dead human or animal.
January Nelson is a writer, editor, and dreamer. She writes about astrology, games, love, relationships, and entertainment. January graduated with an English and Literature degree from Columbia University.
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50 Of The Best Ghost Movies
My favourite ghost-themed horror movies! Every film on this list I'd rate at least a 7/10. I guess the list is in a vague order, but don't pay too much attention to it. There's quite a few highly regarded asian films I've not seen, so if they're not on this list that's probably why. Quite a few ghost films (especially English-speaking ones) didn't make my cut of the 50 best, so here are some other recommendations of good (but not great) ghost films: Pulse (2001), Wind Chill, The Uninvited (2009), The Bunker, Grave Encounters 2, A Tale Of Two Sisters, They Wait, Ghost Ship, The Haunted (1991), White Noise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, House On Haunted Hill (1959), Death Ship, Half Light, Mama, Haunted (1995), What Lies Beneath, The Woman In Black (1989), The Innkeepers, Crimson Peak, Below (2001), The Awakening and The Entity.
- Movies or TV
- IMDb Rating
- In Theaters
- Release Year
1. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson , Shelley Duvall , Danny Lloyd , Scatman Crothers
Votes: 1,072,833 | Gross: $44.02M
Arguably the best ghost movie - if not the best horror movie - of all time.
2. The Changeling (1980)
R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery
After the death of his wife and daughter in a car crash, a music professor staying at a long-vacant Seattle mansion is dragged into a decades-old mystery by an inexplicable presence in the mansion's attic.
Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott , Trish Van Devere , Melvyn Douglas , Jean Marsh
Genuinely unsettling. A must see classic.
3. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In 1945, immediately following the end of Second World War, a woman who lives with her two photosensitive children on her darkened old family estate in the Channel Islands becomes convinced that the home is haunted.
Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman , Christopher Eccleston , Fionnula Flanagan , Alakina Mann
Votes: 383,010 | Gross: $96.52M
A modern classic, one that earns its place among the all time great ghost movies. A creepy old mansion, set in 1920's England, an intriguing mystery and a creepy kid - it ticks all the boxes! The twist is a highlight, so loses a little punch on a second viewing, but that's common with most ghost movies.
4. Ringu (1998)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery
A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.
Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima , Miki Nakatani , Yûko Takeuchi , Hitomi Satô
Some say the American remake is actually a little better, and it is good, but it's a tiny bit too glossy for my taste, the original just has that grittier *edge* If you're not keen on subtitles then absolutely go for the American remake!
5. The Haunting (1963)
G | 112 min | Horror
Hill House has stood for about 90 years and appears haunted: its inhabitants have always met strange, tragic ends. Now Dr. John Markway has assembled a team of people who he thinks will prove whether or not the house is haunted.
Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Harris , Claire Bloom , Richard Johnson , Russ Tamblyn
Votes: 41,345 | Gross: $2.62M
Has set the standard for all haunted house movies since it's release. It's creepy now, so this must have been terrifying back in 1963!
6. It Follows (2014)
R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.
Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe , Keir Gilchrist , Olivia Luccardi , Lili Sepe
Votes: 258,801 | Gross: $14.67M
Such a simple concept, but utterly terrifying. You have to see this movie. Not a traditional ghost movie by any means, but I still consider it part of that sub genre. You can run away, but it will never stop following...
7. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
R | 106 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets which he must uncover.
Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Marisa Paredes , Eduardo Noriega , Federico Luppi , Fernando Tielve
Votes: 69,585 | Gross: $0.75M
Made when Guillermo del Toro was at his peak, and a film that earned him his stripes on the international scene, way before Pan's Labyrinth. A great story that doesn't lose anything by his later overuse of CGI. A classic.
8. Lake Mungo (2008)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Strange things start happening after a girl is found drowned in a lake.
Director: Joel Anderson | Stars: Rosie Traynor , David Pledger , Martin Sharpe , Talia Zucker
Combining a realistic documentary-style format with found footage elements interspersed throughout, this film is a slow burning mystery with a terrifying payoff. Good luck sleeping after seeing this! A masterclass in the found footage genre.
9. The Fog (1980)
R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.
Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Adrienne Barbeau , Jamie Lee Curtis , Janet Leigh , John Houseman
Votes: 80,138 | Gross: $21.38M
It's got that slightly garish and cheesy 80's thing going on in places, but if you can set that aside this is an absolute classic. A definite top 10 ghost movie for me.
10. R-Point (2004)
R | 107 min | Action, Horror, War
During the Vietnam War, a South Korean base receives a radio transmission from a missing squad, presumed dead, and sends a platoon to rescue the lost squad from the R-Point.
Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Woo-seong Kam , Byung-ho Son , Lee Sun-kyun , Park Won-sang
The scariest and most engaging Korean horror movie I've seen yet. Horror films centred around war naturally have an unsettling edge, and this film uses it brilliantly.
11. The Woman in Black (2012)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers that the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.
Director: James Watkins | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe , Janet McTeer , Ciarán Hinds , Emma Shorey
Votes: 189,822 | Gross: $54.33M
Some prefer the 1989 version, and while I'm usually not a fan of remakes, for me this version is the superior film. A moody creep-fest with an atmosphere so think you can cut it with a knife. If you can get past Harry Potter in a serious role you'll be in for a treat.
12. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
R | 134 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.
Director: James Wan | Stars: Vera Farmiga , Patrick Wilson , Madison Wolfe , Frances O'Connor
Votes: 290,484 | Gross: $102.47M
I found The Conjuring 2 slightly scarier than the first, but both are very good - you can't go wrong with either! This sequel is about the famous Enfield Haunting in the UK during the 70's.
13. The Eye (2002)
R | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she will be able to see again. She gets more than she bargained for upon realizing she can also see ghosts.
Directors: Danny Pang , Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Angelica Lee , Chutcha Rujinanon , Lawrence Chou , Jinda Duangtoy
Votes: 29,805 | Gross: $0.51M
From when asian horror was at its peak, this is one of the highlights of that era, only topped by Ringu in my opinion. A woman undergoes an operation to restore her sight, but as her sight slowly returns she see things that no one else can... Very, very creepy. Skip the American remake, it's not very good.
14. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist, starts treating a young boy, Cole, who encounters dead people and convinces him to help them. In turn, Cole helps Malcolm reconcile with his estranged wife.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis , Haley Joel Osment , Toni Collette , Olivia Williams
Votes: 1,026,347 | Gross: $293.51M
We all know about this one. Minus the plot twist, there are some great creepy moments that make it worth watching, even if you know how it all ends.
15. Session 9 (2001)
R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: David Caruso , Stephen Gevedon , Paul Guilfoyle , Josh Lucas
Votes: 61,660 | Gross: $0.38M
An overlooked gem that has been gaining more of a cult following in recent years, and deservedly so. That guy from CSI takes on a restoration job at an old mental hospital, naturally things get pretty creepy.
16. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
R | 92 min | Horror
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Megumi Okina , Misaki Itô , Misa Uehara , Yui Ichikawa
Votes: 47,021 | Gross: $0.33M
More commonly known as The Grudge. Again, I'd say this is slightly better than the American remake, only due to the grittiness the lower budget lends to the feel of the film. The remake is more than acceptable if you don't like subtitles.
17. Candyman (1992)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
Director: Bernard Rose | Stars: Virginia Madsen , Xander Berkeley , Tony Todd , Kasi Lemmons
Votes: 97,283 | Gross: $25.79M
Commonly mislabelled as a slasher flick, this shockingly well made film is actually a very clever urban ghost story ...just a very gory one! Some brilliant cinematography and a haunting score by Phillip Glass make this a cut above, not to mention the career defining performance from Tony Todd as the titular Candyman. Shame about the "twist" ending.
18. The Legend of Hell House (1973)
PG | 95 min | Horror
A physicist, his wife and two mediums are hired to investigate the Belasco House, where 27 guests had inexplicably died in 1927, along with most of a team of paranormal investigators that was sent in the early 1950s.
Director: John Hough | Stars: Roddy McDowall , Gayle Hunnicutt , Pamela Franklin , Clive Revill
A really classy production from the 70's. A bunch of paranormal researchers set up camp in an old mansion, of course the sceptics soon question their convictions. It's a pretty generic plot, but it's so well made it really set the standard for this style of ghost movie - films today that use the same set-up usually can't come close to this.
19. Poltergeist (1982)
PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller
A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.
Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams , Heather O'Rourke , Craig T. Nelson , Beatrice Straight
Votes: 173,830 | Gross: $76.61M
All time classic, and surprisingly spooky for a family friendly film! The sequels aren't up to much, nor the remake.
20. Under the Shadow (2016)
PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi , Avin Manshadi , Bobby Naderi , Arash Marandi
Votes: 29,371 | Gross: $0.03M
A great slow-burner from Iran. If you don't mind a fairly slow-paced film then you'll be in for a creepy treat! Definitely one for folks looking for something in the vein of The Babadook. I didn't think that much of the dubbing job, so would recommend the original version with subtitles if you can find it.
21. Grave Encounters (2011)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror, Mystery
For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.
Directors: Colin Minihan , Stuart Ortiz , The Vicious Brothers | Stars: Benjamin Wilkinson , Sean Rogerson , Ashleigh Gryzko , Merwin Mondesir
What starts out as a typical found-footage horror film soon does a bait and switch and turns in to a terrifying roller coaster with nightmarish, surreal qualities. It successfully parodies, then wipes the floor with the majority of found footage horror films.
22. Silent Hill (2006)
R | 125 min | Horror, Mystery
A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.
Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell , Laurie Holden , Sean Bean , Deborah Kara Unger
Votes: 239,181 | Gross: $46.98M
This film gets a bit of a hard time due to its video game origins and OTT third act, but I think people are too hard on it. If you want to see some really, really creepy ghosts & creatures this is a must see. Great atmosphere.
23. Deathwatch (2002)
R | 94 min | Drama, Horror, War
In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.
Director: M.J. Bassett | Stars: Jamie Bell , Rúaidhrí Conroy , Mike Downey , Laurence Fox
The best horror film set in either World War. Captures the horrific nature of trench warfare during WWI and throws the supernatural in to the mix. Claustrophobic and unsettling, a must see.
24. The Innocents (1961)
Not Rated | 100 min | Horror
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr , Peter Wyngarde , Megs Jenkins , Michael Redgrave
Votes: 32,204 | Gross: $2.62M
25. The Orphanage (2007)
R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.
Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda , Fernando Cayo , Roger Príncep , Mabel Rivera
Votes: 161,049 | Gross: $7.16M
A great spooky ghost mystery. A young boy moves in to a new house that used to be an orphanage and acquires an "imaginary" friend. Very good.
26. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson , Vera Farmiga , Ron Livingston , Lili Taylor
Votes: 538,184 | Gross: $137.40M
Released during a glut of substandard supernatural / exorcism-themed horror movies, this one really stood out as an example of how to do a modern ghost movie. Followed up by a spin-off called Annabelle which really isn't up to the same standard.
27. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Directors: Daniel Myrick , Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue , Michael C. Williams , Joshua Leonard , Bob Griffin
Votes: 276,320 | Gross: $140.54M
Does this count as a ghost film? The film never clarifies exactly what the Blair Witch is, obviously a witch is strongly implied, but a ghost is also hinted at - maybe a ghost witch? It's some kind of supernatural being in either case, just watch the film and judge for yourself, you'll either be bored or terrified!
28. Dark Water (2002)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A mother and her 6-year-old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.
Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki , Rio Kanno , Mirei Oguchi , Asami Mizukawa
Another quality asian horror film from the boom that started with Ringu. The creepy setting and unfolding mystery helps Dark Water hold it's own against Ringu, The Eye and The Grudge. The remake is a bit flat, but not terrible. I'd recommend putting up with the subtitles on this one tho.
29. Stir of Echoes (1999)
R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.
Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kevin Bacon , Zachary David Cope , Kathryn Erbe , Illeana Douglas
Votes: 85,338 | Gross: $21.13M
A solid ghost mystery with the legendary Kevin Bacon. After being hypnotised at a party, Mr. Bacon starts to see things... is he going mad, or is he being guided by supernatural forces? Some great creepy moments. Well worth a watch!
30. House on Haunted Hill (1999)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.
Director: William Malone | Stars: Geoffrey Rush , Famke Janssen , Taye Diggs , Peter Gallagher
Votes: 59,114 | Gross: $40.85M
Despite the cheesy, generic characters, cringy dialogue and very limp ending, when it comes the scares and pure entertainment this really delivers! Plays out like a carnival ghost train in movie form. If you can handle the cheese this is creepy as hell and very entertaining!
31. The Uninvited (1944)
Passed | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.
Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Ray Milland , Ruth Hussey , Donald Crisp , Cornelia Otis Skinner
It may be a bit tame by todays standards, but this classic still gives us a good mystery with a few creepy moments. See it to know your roots, as it were!
32. Oculus (2013)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Karen Gillan , Brenton Thwaites , Katee Sackhoff , Rory Cochrane
Votes: 135,932 | Gross: $27.70M
A good bit of psychological horror mixed in with some nicely underplayed ghost encounters. Definitely has a Amityville Horror feel about it, but with far more subtext to get your teeth into. Kept me thinking / guessing well after the credits rolled.
33. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people; the culprit is legendary apparition The Headless Horseman.
Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp , Christina Ricci , Miranda Richardson , Michael Gambon
Votes: 374,930 | Gross: $101.07M
A very well-made, big budget telling of the Sleepy Hollow story. A good story, great performances all around and some stunning visuals thanks to Tim Burton's unique style. It's PG-13, so don't go expecting any huge scares though.
34. Don't Look Now (1973)
R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Julie Christie , Donald Sutherland , Hilary Mason , Clelia Matania
Votes: 60,108 | Gross: $0.98M
After a couples young daughter tragically drowns in a pond, they go on vacation to Venice to help get over their grief and repair their marriage. Not long after arriving, the girls father keeps seeing what looks to be a child who's wearing the exact same red coat, hat and boots that his daughter wore when she died. Is it the ghost of his daughter? A haunting, unsettling film that explores grief. You will not see the ending coming...
35. The Skeleton Key (2005)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kate Hudson , Peter Sarsgaard , Joy Bryant , Gena Rowlands
Votes: 120,433 | Gross: $47.81M
Seems to split opinion in some quarters, but I've always thought rather highly of this film. A very solid spooky mystery set in New Orleans, a must see for fans of the genre.
36. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
PG-13 | 99 min | Horror
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Alison Lohman , Justin Long , Ruth Livier , Lorna Raver
Votes: 212,886 | Gross: $42.10M
While this isn't strictly a ghost film, there are so many horror tropes thrown in the mix that it it hits the ghost quota well enough to get a place on this list. A young woman receives a gypsy curse and is subjected to unrelenting barrage of creepy and horrific things - a real roller coaster of a film! May be a little bit full-on / OTT for some.
37. Lady in White (1988)
PG-13 | 113 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a 1960s small town, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.
Director: Frank LaLoggia | Stars: Lukas Haas , Len Cariou , Alex Rocco , Katherine Helmond
Votes: 7,800 | Gross: $1.71M
A slightly fluffy ghost movie, not quite as raw or spooky as I usually like. It's held in high esteem though, and I did enjoy it, so happily recommend it here.
38. The Sentinel (1977)
A young woman moves into an apartment in a building which houses a sinister evil.
Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Cristina Raines , Ava Gardner , Chris Sarandon , Martin Balsam
Solid horror-mystery with an unsettling and slightly odd atmosphere, as well as some really creepy scenes. It's a little rough around the edges and it's very 70's, plus it's more about demonic entities than traditional ghosts, but I think it still deserves to be on this list. Great ending.
39. The Ward (2010)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.
Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Amber Heard , Mamie Gummer , Danielle Panabaker , Laura-Leigh
A slightly underrated horror film from John Carpenter. Not his best movie, but far from bad. Recommended.
40. Hide and Seek (2005)
R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery
As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace, at first, in her imaginary friend.
Director: John Polson | Stars: Robert De Niro , Dakota Fanning , Famke Janssen , Elisabeth Shue
Votes: 87,738 | Gross: $51.10M
Enjoyable mystery flick with a slightly undercooked psychological/drama element. Solid performances from Bobby DeNiro and Dakota Fanning, as well as a nice twist ending make this worth a look.
41. Jessabelle (2014)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.
Director: Kevin Greutert | Stars: Sarah Snook , Mark Webber , Joelle Carter , David Andrews
Good performances, high production values and an engaging mystery with some pretty creepy moments - you can't really go wrong with this!
42. The Guard Post (2008)
121 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of GP506 soldiers have been brutally massacred, leaving only one alive but comatose. A military police investigator has only that night to uncover the facts, but ends up discovering a terrifying truth.
Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Ho-jin Chun , Hyun-jae Cho , Young-hoon Lee , Kim Byeong-cheol
Another classic from South Korea. A military guard post on the South / North Korean border has been abandoned for an unknown reason. Cue an ongoing mystery and lots of creepy goings on!
43. Housebound (2014)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking.
Director: Gerard Johnstone | Stars: Morgana O'Reilly , Rima Te Wiata , Glen-Paul Waru , Ross Harper
A film with genuinely scary moments and a good sense of humour, also. A young woman is under house arrest, and when spooky things start happening she literally cannot get away - a great set up for some good thrills! There's a big twist ending, but you'll have to see it to find out what it is, I'm keeping shtum!
44. Paranormal Activity (2007)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery
After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
Director: Oren Peli | Stars: Katie Featherston , Micah Sloat , Mark Fredrichs , Amber Armstrong
Votes: 250,819 | Gross: $107.92M
I'd say this is a bit overrated, but it was hugely influential and is a damn sight better than the sequels. If you don't mind a slow found footage ghost film where you don't see any ghosts, you may get something out of this - it does have a couple of pretty creepy moments.
45. Insidious (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson , Rose Byrne , Ty Simpkins , Lin Shaye
Votes: 330,302 | Gross: $54.01M
Despite an overabundance of jump scares, some oddly out of place comic characters and a monster that looks like Darth Maul, this film is, surprisingly, still worth watching. Some really good moments and a fast pace help keep you engaged.
46. 1408 (2007)
PG-13 | 104 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack , Samuel L. Jackson , Mary McCormack , Tony Shalhoub
Votes: 286,525 | Gross: $71.99M
Flawed, but very imaginative and original. If you don't go in expecting a classic you'll probably have a good time with this.
47. The Canal (2014)
Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A film archivist finds his sanity crumbling after he is given an old 16mm film reel with footage from a horrific murder that occurred in the early 1900's.
Director: Ivan Kavanagh | Stars: Rupert Evans , Antonia Campbell-Hughes , Hannah Hoekstra , Kelly Byrne
Pretty slow moving, but well worth a watch if you like a good mystery.
48. Burnt Offerings (1976)
PG | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family moves into a large old mansion in the countryside which seems to have a mysterious and sinister power over its new residents.
Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black , Oliver Reed , Burgess Meredith , Eileen Heckart
I wasn't as keen on this as most ghost-film aficionados, but I still liked it and would gladly recommend it. Good story and a great cast. Similar to The Shining.
49. The Amityville Horror (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror
Newlyweds and their three children move into a large house where a mass murder was committed. They start to experience strange, inexplicable manifestations which have strong effects on everyone living in or visiting the house.
Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James Brolin , Margot Kidder , Rod Steiger , Don Stroud
Votes: 42,901 | Gross: $86.43M
A solid classic. While the 2005 remake is pretty decent, it doesn't do much to improve on the original, if anything the heavy 70's look helps this version feel like a far more authentic telling of the Amityville story. Essential viewing for any lover of spooky ghost movies. If you really don't like older horror films then the 2005 remake is decent enough.
50. Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror
When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things, dies, he leaves his house, fortune, and his prized collection of ghosts.
Director: Steve Beck | Stars: Tony Shalhoub , Shannon Elizabeth , Embeth Davidtz , Matthew Lillard
Votes: 91,659 | Gross: $41.87M
Cheesy beyond belief, very much a junk food kinda ghost flick. Switch your brain off and appreciate the cool ghost designs. A carnival ghost train kinda film, very much in the vein of 1999's House On Haunted Hill, so if you enjoyed that then give this a go. Delicious, trashy popcorn fodder.
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Tommy, in the guise of a cleric, and Tuppence take Gilda Glen, a glamorous actress, to her house on Morgan’s Avenue. Enshrouded in fog, en route, they meet an agitated would-be murderer, a mysterious policeman, Gilda’s elderly sister, and a real murderer... From Partners in Crime.
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Recovering from the setback of failing to solve their latest case, Tommy and Tuppence are recouping with some cocktails when they stumble upon their next opportunity: a famous actress, who appears to be terrified of a superstition.
In this episode Tommy imitates Father Brown, the Catholic priest-detective created by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936). In his guise, Tommy also carries Brown’s characteristically shabby umbrella. This short story appeared in Partners in Crime, published in 1929.
This story was published by Collins in the collection Partners in Crime , 1929. It was adapted for radio in 1953, starring Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim. It also featured in the 1983 TV series Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime , with Francesca Annis and James Warwick.
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Spider-Man 2 PS5 Reveals 5 New Suits for Peter Parker In Full (Photos)
Fans were finally given a glimpse at a few new suits that will be featured in Insomniac's upcoming Spider-Man 2 video game.
After the first Spider-Man game came out as a PlayStation exclusive in 2018, fans immediately wanted more. The Miles Morales title that was released for the PS5 a couple of years later in 2020 felt like a worthy successor, but it was then revealed that Spider-Man 2 was on the way.
The game is set to be released on Friday, October 20, and players were even given a sneak peek at what to expect when Peter Parker and Miles Morales face off against Venom .
Critics were already treated to their own copies of the upcoming title, but fans won't exactly know their thoughts until the review embargo is lifted on October 16.
Marvel Reveals Five New Spider-Man 2 Suits
Marvel recently confirmed that some upcoming comic books will sport variant covers inspired by suits that will be in the upcoming Spider-Man 2 video game, exclusively coming to PlayStation.
These alternate covers actually revealed what five of the new suits in the game will look like, as well as their official names.
These suits were technically already revealed as a part of the pre-order information for the upcoming game, but this is by far the best look at each one of them.
The first suit that was shown off by Marvel was called the Apunkalyptic Suit, which appeared to take inspiration from the ever-popular Spider-Punk.
This futuristic suit includes a blue and red zip-up jacket as well as a slicked-back hairstyle coming out of the top of the mask.
Another one of the newly revealed suits is called the Stone Monkey Suit, which features multiple shades of both red and blue throughout.
It also sports some gold trim and a gold Spider-Man logo on the chest, as well as some patches of fur on the wrists and shins.
The 25th Century Suit was also revealed to be a usable costume for Spider-Man 2 players, and its name says it all.
This one appears to have a helmet instead of a standard Spider-Man mask and actually looks to take inspiration from Mysterio's design in comics and in film. There are also some different sections of the suit that glow blue, truly topping off the fact that this suit comes from the future.
Another alternative suit for Peter Parker to wear in the upcoming game is colored gray, white, and red, and is called the Tactical Suit.
This one also appears to be from the future as the mask appears to be mechanical instead of the standard cloth that Spider-Man fans are used to seeing.
Perhaps the most menacing Peter Parker suit on this entire list, however, is the Aurantia Suit, which is colored black, yellow, and red.
The Aurantia suit will also sport a different style of mask, as it is broken up into two sections. The top portion looks similar to any other Spider-Man mask, but around the mouth are is completely blacked out and almost smooth in texture.
Players who want to unlock these suits and use them in the upcoming game will have to purchase the digital deluxe edition, which is priced at $79.99 USD.
Why Are Alternative Costumes So Sought After?
One of the most intriguing aspects of Insomniac's Spider-Man games is the fact that players can unlock and then use dozens of different suits as they swing around New York City.
After this trend started in 2018's Spider-Man , many fans immediately started anticipating what possible looks they could sport as Miles Morales in the 2020 mini-sequel before it hit shelves.
A lot of players are hoping that the symbiote suit from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 will be playable in the upcoming title, especially since Venom will have such a major role in the upcoming game.
Another potential alternative look for Peter Parker that has fans crossing their fingers is the suit from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - which many have claimed is the best Spider-Man suit of all time.
Neither Marvel nor Insomniac is going to reveal every single unlockable suit in Spider-Man 2 as part of the fun is being rewarded with one and then trying it on for the first time without knowing what it is.
However, at least players will have a decent idea of what to expect if they purchase the digital deluxe version of the game.
Spider-Man 2 is set to come out on Friday, October 20.
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Man suspected of ghost gun possession arrested in North County
VISTA, Calif. — A man who attempted to avoid deputies during a pedestrian stop was arrested Wednesday in Vista on suspicion of possessing a ghost gun, authorities said.
Clinton Bailey, 51, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility, Sgt. Seung Park with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said in a news release Thursday. He faces charges of possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition, as well as five felony warrants.
The arrest occurred around 9 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Citrus Avenue, where authorities stopped a man who had multiple felony warrants, according to law enforcement.
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“The man attempted to avoid the deputies. He was located and taken into custody following a foot pursuit. The man was found to be in possession of a ghost gun and loaded magazine,” Park said.
Ghost guns make it harder for law enforcement to investigate or solve a crime since they are not marked with serial numbers, unlike legal firearms, the sheriff’s department said.
The Vista Gang Enforcement Team has confiscated 16 ghost guns since the beginning of the year, per SDSO.
For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to FOX 5 San Diego.
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